The sugar beet cyst nematode (Heterodera schachtii) is a major parasite of sugar beets; however, a wide range of other nematodes can damage sugar beet. The most common are root knot nematodes (Meloidogyne incognita, M. javanica, M. arenaria, M. hapla and M. Chitwoodi), stubby root nematodes (Paratrichodorus or Trichodorus species) and the beet crown nematode (Ditylenchus dipsaci).

Sugar beet cyst nematodes

The sugar beet cyst nematode causes serious stand and yield reductions wherever sugar beets are grown. They were first identified in 1859 on sugar beets near Halle, Germany, by Professor Dr. H. Schacht, and were first observed in the United States in 1895. Today, H. schachtii is present in sugar beet-growing countries throughout the world and can be found wherever sugar beets are grown. This embraces Europe (from Spain to Finnland), Russia, Turkey, Israel, the United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa.

Map on distribution of Heterodera schachtii distribution by “Plantwise”:

Professor Saad L. Hafez, University of Idaho, Parma Research and Extension Center, United States

Dr. Ludmila Guskova, Institute of Plant Protection, Russia

British Beet Research Organization (BBRO), United Kingdom, reference book section on sugar beet cyst nematodes

Professor Joseph Alexander Verreet, Christian Albrechts University Kiel, Germany in collaboration with Professor Thomas Baum,Iowa State University, United States

Professor Urs Wyss, Christian Albrechts University Kiel, Germany

Dr. Johannes Hallmann, Dr. Matthias Daub, Professor Florian Grundler, Dr. Andreas Westphal, Julius Kuehn Institute and University of Bonn, Germany

Root-knot nematodes

Root knot nematodes (Meloidogyne incognita, M. javanica, M. arenaria, M. hapla, and M. Chitwoodi) occur in tropical and temperate climates.

UC Pest Management Guidelines, Sugarbeet, Nematodes; Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, United States (updated in 2016)

Root-knot Nematode Development and Root Gall Formation in Sugarbeet; M. H. Yu, Department of Agriculture, United States (1995)
Journal of “Sugar Beet Research”

False root-knot nematode

The false root-knot nematode (Nacobbus aberrans) is a nematode species of sugar beet found in North America.

The Unusual History of the False Root Knot Nematode in Central High Plains Sugar Beet Production; R. M. Harveson (2011)
Plant Pathology Department, University of Nebraska, United States

Stubby root nematodes

Stubby root nematode (SRN) are mostly found in light/sandy soils and are more problematic under wet and cool soil conditions.

Stubby Root Nematode and Sampling in Sugar Beet Information; M. F.R. Khan, S. Arabiat, G. Yan, and A. K. Chanda (2016)
North Dakota State University, United States

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