PLANT NEMATODES AND THEIR MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATED WITH ALMOND (PRUNUS AMYGDALUS BATSCH) SEEDLINGS IN BALOCHISTAN, PAKISTAN
A survey of plant parasitic nematodes associated with Almond was conducted encompassing six almond nurseries of Khuzdar and Kalat districts Balochistan Province. Sixteen different nematodes were recorded. The nematodes found in all six nurseries were Scutylenchus rugosus, Meloidogyne javanica larvae and Zygotylenchus guevarai. Similarities between six localities on the basis of association of nematode species in the assemblages was determined. Different treatments were used to control population of Scutylenchus rugosus, Zygotylenchus guevarai and Meloidogyne javanica larvae. Amendments including sugarcane bagasse, neem leaf powder, sawdust, Fertinemakil, Marigold flower powder were employed alone and in combination whereas for comparison a chemical nematicide was used.