Funder: United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Project Partners: Minnesota Seed Potato Producers
Project Period: 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017
The objective of this survey is to either demonstrate the absence of or to detect cyst nematodes in seed potato growing fields. Particular emphasis is given to fields where the seed potatoes may be exported to Canada as a survey is a necessary part of the export process.
By feeding on plant roots, high populations of cyst nematodes can significantly reduce crop yields. The cysts can remain viable for 20 years and are easily spread to other locations by seed tubers, farm machinery, wind and water, and are regulated by many of our export markets. Cyst nematode surveys have been implemented in Minnesota for a number of years. Fortunately, none of the targeted species have been found through survey.
These cyst nematodes are the primary targets of the survey:
Cyst nematode species that have been detected include:
The survey process is as follows:
Last Updated: June 20, 2016