Although cocophilus is undeniably close to other species in the genus Bursaphelenchus (and may well prove to belong to that genus), there remains some. Bursaphelenchus cocophilus. Red Ring Nematode. Synonym: Rhadinaphelenchus cocophilus. Rhadinaphelenchus was designated a junior. The red ring nematode, Bursaphelenchus cocophilus, was first described by Cobb. () as Aphelenchus cocophilus from specimens in.

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The surface of the cut in a healthy tree appears a solid, creamy white. Datasheet Rhadinaphelenchus cocophilus red ring nematode.

European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization. This aggressive phytosanitation is the best chance to halt the spread of red ring disease to other nearby trees. There is apparently a phytotoxin in the red ring. The red ring little leaf syndrome in oil palm and coconut palm.

Control is based on prevention rather than cure either by the destruction of infested palm material by cutting and burning, or by the injection of nematocides and burning, or by trapping and killing of the weevil vectors before they spread the nematodes.

Female weevils are internally infested around the oviducts, when they lay their eggs in the palm they also disseminate the nematode. In the dwarf cultivars, the red colour gives way to shades of brown. Lesions at the upper end of the stem in the vicinity of the crown are discrete, appearing first as streaks and then as dots.

Nematodes also aggregate around ovipositor and are injected into soft tissue as beetle deposits eggs. The crown often topples over, about weeks after symptoms first appear, due to associated severe damage caused internally by the larvae of the palm weevil.


Red ring disease of Cocos nucifera L. Trees that have been affected by red ring disease for more than three years are noticeably stunted compared bugsaphelenchus healthy trees of a similar age Chinchilla They have been found as deep as 80 bursaphelennchus, but most of those in the soil are 30 cm to 40 cm deep Chinchilla The red ring nematodes primarily invade the parenchymatous tissue of the palm in a band where the red ring develops.

The nematodes are then recovered by sieving.

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A survey of red ring disease of coconut palm in Grenada, West Indies. Nematodes are carried on body surface and also enter body through spiracles and mouth. Retrieved from ” https: Several variations are used in practice with different types of tissue, such as pineapple and papaya Griffith and Koshy, El anillo rojo del cocotero del Pacifico. Anterior gonad well developed, outstretched; oocytes in a row. Occasionally, a palm as young as 1.

Insecticides can reduce palm weevil infestations. Aphelenchida Tree diseases Oil palm Coconut palm diseases.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Detection and Inspection Top of page The stem of the coconut needs to be examined either by cutting through, or by taking a sample from the living tree. In the Caribbean, Traps or guard baskets are designed to protect plantations from frequent outbreaks of Bursaphelenchus cocophilus.

Therefore, this nematode is of great regulatory concern.

Bursaphelenchus cocophilus nematodes infect palm trees and cause the red ring disease that is fatal to palm, coconut and other fruit trees. More information about modern web browsers can be found at http: The heaviest losses due to R. The discrete spots are also brown and the yellow discoloration of the leaves is not often apparent. There is some evidence to suggest that nematodes may persist in beetle larvae through molts, but this is unclear. Nematodes associated with declining coconut in Sergipe, Brazil.


The roots, stems and leaf petioles are already infested and there is full development of internal symptoms before the first external symptoms become visible. In the roots, the normally white soft cortex becomes orange to faint red in colour, and has a dry and flaky texture when diseased. Roguing of diseased palms: Nematodes are numerous in and around the discolored tissues; adults are usually located at inner edge of red ring.

In the leaves, a solid core of mottled tissue, dull red to brown in colour, extends from the leaf-base up to 75 cm in the petioles. This page was last edited on 10 Octoberat This nematode can be transmitted by putting infected tissue in soil near healthy trees, but nematode survives free in soil only days. Most are obligate mycophagesbut some feed on woodwith two species, the red ring nematode B.

Beetle larvae hatch and tunnel into tissues, pupate, emerge, become infected and spread nematodes.