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Effects of Gamma-ray Irradiation on Nematodes infesting Cultivated Mushroom Beds

Nature volume 180, pages 760761 (12 October 1957) | Download Citation



DURING a discussion with Dr. H. J. M. Bowen, of the Technological Irradiation Group of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, it was suggested that the effect of gamma-ray irradiation on the nematodes present in compost from infested mushroom beds be determined. Accordingly, 1 cwt. of infested mushroom compost was obtained from a commercial farm, and from representative samples the nematode content, on January 22, 1957, was determined, by the standard technique of extracting 100 gm. of compost for 24 hr. on a Seinhorst ‘Mistifier’1 as:

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    , Tech. Bull., 2, Min. Agric. Fish and Food, H.M.S.O. (1957).

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    , and , Plant Dis. Rep., 39, 572 (1956).

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    , Ann. Sci. Nat., 11, 1 (1949).

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  1. W. Darlington and Sons, Ltd., Worthing, Sussex.

    • F. C. WOOD
  2. Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, Herts.

    • J. B. GOODEY


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