Tiny worms cause costly crop loss

By Peter Kent

Nematode labNematodes affect all crops and cause $80 billion of crop losses worldwide each year. Accurate nematode identification is critical in the management of turfgrass, field and fruit crops, and vegetables.

Nematologist Paula Agudelo teaches a nematode identification course on the Clemson campus and in other countries to increase the efficiency of professionals in plant pathology and nematology. The training also helps minimize the parasite’s spread and prevent nematodes from crossing national borders. 

Since the program began in 1982, more than 500 professionals from 40 states and 25 countries have been certified to identify potentially harmful species of nematodes. The next course will be held May 21-28 in Clemson.


For information: Paula Agudelo, at 864-656-5741, pagudel@clemson.edu