Bench Screen Evaluation of Turf Pro Against Sting Nematodes
By the University of Florida
Research Plan: This research evaluated the nematode activity of Turf Pro against Belonolaimus longicaudatus (sting nematode). Sting nematode is the most damaging nematode to turfgrasses in the region and also is the primary nematode affecting strawberry, potato, and corn in Florida, and also affects numerous other crops in our state.
Bench Screen: The objective of the bench screen outlined is to evaluate the potential of experimental materials to kill sting nematodes. 200 cm3 aliquots of soil were measured out and placed into a 3 x 3 x 3-
Table 1. Number of live sting nematodes recovered from each treatment.
Treatment Rate (PPM in soil solution) Sting nematodes
Untreated 0 62 a
Turf Pro 170 32 b
Data are means of 8 replications. Means followed by common letters are not different (P ≤ 0.05) according to Duncan’s multiple-
These results indicate that exposure for 72 hours to TurfPro at 170 PPM can disable or kill sting nematodes. For most golf courses, ¼-
William T. Crow
Associate Professor of Nematology
University of Florida
The next phase of testing, field testing, has been authorized and is underway.
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