Story: Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry



There is an enormous variety of both free-living and parasitic nematodes. They live in fluid, such as the moisture surrounding soil particles, in the roots or stems of plants, or in insects and other animals. They are very numerous; a square metre of pasture 10 centimetres deep has several million nematodes. These soil nematodes are less than 2 millimetres long.

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Alison Popay, 'Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry - Introduced pests of pasture roots and foliage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Alison Popay, published 24 Nov 2008