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 disease occurs more commonly in trees 2. 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. Nematode parasites of coconut and other palms.

The nematodes do not reproduce inside the weevils Chinchilla Nematodes also aggregate around ovipositor and are injected into soft tissue as beetle deposits eggs.

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To view an adult Bursaphelenchus cocophilus click here Ecological Threat Bursaphelenchus cocophilus causes serious damage to coconut palms in the Neotropic region and also in Brazil where it is cocophils by the weevil Rhincophorus palmarum. Bursaphelenchus contains a single described hermaphroditic species, okinawaensisand over described gonochoristic species. Red ring disease of Cocos nucifera L.

Nematodes are numerous in and around the discolored tissues; adults cocophipus usually located at inner edge of red ring. Leaving the stump behind can lead to vector reproduction and spread the nematode.

Agricultural and horticultural problems of Brazil. Generally, the leaves become dried and brown, beginning at the tips of the leaflets and progressing downwards. Agricultura y Ganaderia Tropical, Peru, 1: Larvae Larvae have high, dome-shaped heads, not offset from body.


The following modification was devised by Schuilling and Van Dinther Nuts are shed prematurely, either simultaneously with the development of leaf symptoms, or slightly before. Palm tree affected by red ring disease. Nematode has a 10 day life cycle, and can migrate and survive in soil, especially moist areas, but tree to tree spread seems minimal. These young trees usually die six to eight weeks after the appearance of symptoms. They have been found as deep as 80 cm, but most of those in the soil are 30 cm to 40 cm deep Chinchilla In coconut tissues, R.

Eventually, these new “little leaves” display varying degrees of necrosis.

red ring nematode – Bursaphelenchus cocophilus Cobb

bursaphelenchuus El anillo rojo del cocotero del Pacifico. In many cases, lysigenous cavities are formed in which large numbers of nematodes are found. Internal damage can be seen within two to three weeks after Bursaphelenchus cocophilus enters the tissue of a healthy palm. At an infected palm, a weevil ingests the red ring nematodes or picks them up on the surface of its body.

Detection and Inspection Top of page The stem of the coconut needs to be examined either by cutting through, bursaphelenfhus by taking a sample from the living tree. Chemical and behavioral ecology of palm weevils Curculionidae: Prevention and Control Top of page Epidemiology Red ring disease in new groves generally begins by infection of a year old palm by the palm weevil, Rhynchophorus palmarumcarrying R.

The red ring nematode follows a typical plant parasitic life cycle, having 4 molts before becoming an adult. Lesions at the upper end of the stem in the vicinity of the crown are discrete, appearing first as streaks and then as dots.


Chlorosis first appears at the tips of the oldest leaves and spreads towards their bases but, occasionally, the younger leaves may be affected first. Views Read Edit View history. There is some evidence to suggest that nematodes may persist in beetle larvae through molts, but this is unclear.

The role of the palm weevil, Rhynchophorus palmarumas a vector of red ring disease of coconuts. Experimentally, it has also been shown that red ring disease can be caused by the nematodes entering the plant through the root system. The nematodes also can be transmitted by tools bursalhelenchus have been used to cut down infected trees. Species involved include bark beetlesweevilsflat-faced longhorn beetles such as sawyer beetlesand soil-nesting bees.

These trees should be cut into sections and treated with insecticide or burned Giblin-Davis Further details may be available for individual references in the Bursaphe,enchus Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report. Anterior gonad well developed, outstretched; oocytes in a row.

In the roots, the normally white soft cortex becomes orange to faint red in colour, and has a dry and flaky texture when diseased. Most are obligate mycophagesbut some feed on woodwith two species, the red ring nematode B.