Nematode Management for Soybean

Almost all types of soil contain phytoparasitic nematodes, which make up one of the largest animal phyla and can survive in a variety of habitats. These nematodes eat plant roots, damaging and distorting the plants. Plants contract diseases and viruses from the saliva of nematodes, which not only destroy plants but also make them more susceptible to other types of stress.

Soybean can host a number of these pests, the most notable being soybean cyst nematode. It is estimated that soybean cyst nematode alone can reduce yield by 50% in some fields. Their root infestation and feeding can severely limit the ability of the crop to obtain and utilize water and nutrients. While the above-ground plant may show only limited signs of infestation, the damage occuring below ground can still result in significant yield loss. In addition, the root damage can also provide entry points for plant pathogens.

Aveo EZ protects crops from nematode damage. Aveo EZ contains the bacteria Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain PTA 4838. These bacteria colonize plant roots, creating a natural biological barrier that prevents nematode penetration of the roots. Aveo EZ can also cause juvenile nematode paralysis making the pest immobile and unable to damage the crop.

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