This week, Neutrog’s Microbiologist and R&D Manager talks about what some of us see as fungi, but are in fact water moulds.
There are couple of major diseases which can cause huge losses – not only in the agricultural industry, but also in home gardens. These are called Pythium and Phytophthora. Most people think they are fungi (they do have some resemblance to fungi, mainly because of their filamentous growing habit), but they are very different, both genetically and in their cell surface.
Neutrog’s Microbiologist and R&D Manager, Dr. Uwe Stroeher’s recent article ‘Control of Nematodes by Nematophagous Fungi’ was recently published in the winter issue of the The Australian Agronomist Magazine.
Uwe discusses how to control nematode pests without chemicals and yet still maintain a healthy soil biota.
Nematodes or roundworms are almost microscopic worms – the majority of them can be beneficial as they help break down organic matter and control pests such as insects. However there is one group of nematodes which are real troublemakers – they attack and feed on the roots of plants, and if their numbers explode, the damage to a plant’s roots can kill young plants and stress older plants so they become prone to diseases.
So how can we control these damaging nematodes?