953309 Plant nematology

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2019/20
Languages of instruction


Nematodes are important members of many ecosystems at different levels in the trophic hierarchy.

The focus of this course is set on the biology of plant parasitic nematodes, their economic relevance and their control.

Students are introduced into nematode structural and functional anatomy, strategies of plant parasitism, the interaction with the host plant, and nematode virus transmission.
Examples are presented to show the importance of nematodes in different agrosystems and to give insights in the general principles of nematodes control. Problems of applied plant nematology are discussed and related to the current basic research in these fields.


Previous knowledge expected

Basic biology and agriculture

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Basic knowledge in plant nematology.
Upon successful completion of this lecture students will possess comprehensive knowledge in basic plant nematology (morphology, biology, symptomatology, molecular aspects of nematode parasitism etc.). In addition, they will be able to distinguish between different soil-borne nematodes such as free-living, predatory or plant-parasitic ones. Moreover, based on above- and belowground symptoms students will be able to recognize the nematode infection and the group of nematodes that the attacker belongs to (cyst, root-knot or migratory nematodes).
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.