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Aphelenchoides bicaudatus, a Parasite of Cultivated Mushroom


Aphelenchoides bicaudatus (Imamura) Fil. and Sch. Stek. is a widely distributed nematode which inhabits the soil. It has been reported in Japan1, in India2, in Venezuela3 and in Queensland4, Australia. Colbran4 reported that it reproduced on fungal cultures. A survey showed that A. bicaudatus occurs widely in soil in New South Wales. It was found also in mushroom beds in two of fifty-two samples examined, but the numbers present were low, less than 50/g of compost.

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MCLEOD, R. Aphelenchoides bicaudatus, a Parasite of Cultivated Mushroom. Nature 214, 1163–1164 (1967).

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