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The Oregon State University Nematode Testing Service is a fee-based service for the identification of plant-parasitic nematodes.
Plant-parasitic nematodes pierce plant cell walls with their stylet, which is formed by some of the mouth and esophagus parts. Then they pump up the plant cell just into their digestive system. These nematodes only feed on a certain part of the plant. Most feed on the roots. Some of kinds of nematodes feed only on the outer tissue of the root, others penetrate more deeply, and some completely enter the host. There are different ways they harm the plants. Some induce their hosts to produce nutrients which the nematode can survive on, or enlarged structures in which the nematodes live, or both. Some produce metabolites which kill host tissue. These activities all result in energy being removed from plants to support nematodes. Some plant-parasitic nematodes can cause severe damage that can result in unmarketablity, yield decrease, or even total crop failure.
Oregon State University Nematode Testing Service
2082 Cordley Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-2902