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Cover Crops with Biofumigation Properties for the Suppression of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes: A Review

D.H.M. Kruger, J.C. Fourie and A.P. Malan


Plant-parasitic nematodes are a problem in vineyards worldwide, with some species acting as vectors of grapevine soil-transmitted viruses. Global pressure on the use of soil-applied chemical nematicides has led to a search for new control options, or for alternative methods to suppress plant-parasitic nematodes as part of integrated pest management. This paper gives valuable background information on the use of cover crops with biofumigation properties for the suppression of plant-parasitic nematodes in vineyards.


Biofumigation, cover crops, grapevines, integrated pest management, plant-parasitic nematodes

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