Research at UAF - Distribution and Management of Root-Knot Nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.)
Name of PI: Dr. Tariq Mukhtar,
Associate Professor,
Deptt of Plant Pathology, UAAR
Total project cost : Rs. 2.198 million
Funds released : Rs.0.518 million
Funds utilized : Rs.0.311 million

Progress Reports


  • Conducting extensive and intensive surveys on the occurrence, distribution, and infestation of root-knot nematodes.
  • Effect of different inoculum densities of root-knot nematodes on the growth of important vegetables grown in the area (Cucumber, Tomato, brinjal).
  • Screening of different cultivars of major important vegetables grown in the area for their resistance against root-knot nematodes.
  • Transfer of nematode management strategies to the farmers.

Achievements during the period under report:
The project was initiated by conducting survey of the project area to assess the awareness of the farmers about root-knot nematodes and their incidence and severity. The incidence and severity of root-knot nematodes was determined in the areas which were found to be quite high. The farmers were trained regarding identification and management of these nematodes. The farmers were advised to control this nematode by the application of Carbofuran which proved effective. Research on other management strategies i.e. summer ploughing, cultivation of resistant cultivars, crop rotations etc. are in progress and will lead to finding non chemical methods.