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- noun Any of various often parasitic nematode worms, many of which are pests of agricultural crops or garden plants.
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- noun Any of several
nematodesthat resemble small eels.
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- noun any of various small free-living plant-parasitic roundworms
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Brazil, and some other American coffee-producing countries, have a serious disease caused by the eelworm, and for that reason called the eelworm disease.
A popular one is Mexican Marigolds Tagetes sp. which is an aromatic plant, above and below ground and can deter quite a few pests e.g. eelworm and cabbage white butterfly, but also attract the hover fly which eats aphids and other soft bodied insects.
Root eelworm, Heterodera rostochiensis, is a serious pest, particularly in the UK, where losses as high as 50-60 per cent have been reported for early potatoes grown on infected land during a dry spring and early summer.
It is caused by a parasitic eelworm or nematode, of minute size, which penetrates the roots and induces the formation of numerous irregular swellings or galls, in which are bred great numbers of young worms.
Investigations into the resistance of tomatoes to the potato root eelworm, Heterodera rostochiensis Woll