953309 Plant nematology

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Wieczorek, Krzysztof
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
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.
Students gain knowledge of:

- basic nematology (morphology, biology etc.)
- basic plant nematology including different groups of plant-parasitic nematodes (cyst, root-knot and migratory nematodes)
- basic plant nematology (morphology, biology etc.)
- symptomatology and molecular aspects of nematode parasitism in plants
- how to isolate and analyze soil organisms with the focus put on nematodes

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

- name the different groups of nematodes and explain their basic morphology and biology
- name the characteristics of different groups of plant-parasitic nematodes including cyst, root-knot and migratory nematodes
- explain the symptomatology of plant-parasitic nematodes
- explain molecular aspects of nematode parasitism in plants
- distinguish between different soil-borne nematodes such as free-living, predatory or plant-parasitic ones
- recognize based on above- and belowground symptoms 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.