LABORATORY OF PLANT NEMATOLOGY

Research is mainly oriented towards the study of soil nematode fauna with a focus on economically important group of plant parasitic nematodes that can cause significant losses in plant production in Europe. Key areas of our interest are biology and pathogenicity and occurrence of plant parasitic nematodes. Other study areas include structure of soil nematode communities, nematode trophic groups, nematode biomass, metabolic footprint, nematodes as indicators of changes in ecosystems due to various natural (fire, windstorm) and artificial disturbances (heavy metal pollutions, tillage, etc.). We offer comparative research of plant parasitic nematode communities as invasive species in Europe, study of changes in distribution of plant parasitic nematodes in relations to global climate changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developmental stages of Meloidogyne arenaria in tomato root (photo: Dr. Renčo) Cyst of Heterodera sp. with eggs (photo: Dr. Renčo) Soil sampling Soil sampling Sugar beet (1), carrot (2) and potato (3) plants destroyed by Heterodera schachtii, Meloidogyne hapla and Globodera rostochiensis ecol5 Soil sampling (Dr. Renčo) Soil sampling (Dr. Čerevková)