Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology
HEATHER KELLY, ZACHARIAH HANSEN, AVAT SHEKOOFA, ALEMU MENGISTU, ERNEST BERNARD,
Nematodes and diseases can limit field crops and hemp production in Tennessee. Therefore, seven research objectives were undertaken to improve the management of the crops: First, the prevalence and density of plant-parasitic nematode populations were evaluated across many field crop acreages in Tennessee through a survey from 2018 through 2020. Second, the virulence phenotypes of soybean cyst nematode (SCN), (Heterodera glycines [HG]), populations were assessed in Tennessee fields using the HG types test. Third, the impact of the virulent SCN HG type 220.127.116.11 on soybean nitrogen fixation activity and growth was evaluated on different soybean genotypes in the greenhouse. Fourth, the impact of different densities of Macrophomina phaseolina [Mp] microsclerotia on charcoal rot disease severity and soybean damage were assessed. Fifth, the impact of soybean varieties on Mp density in soil and plant tissue was evaluated using greenhouse tests. Sixth, the causative pathogen of greenhouse hemp powdery mildew in Tennessee was identified using PCR and DNA sequencing. Finally, multiple fungicides were screened for the control of hemp powdery mildew and leaf spots in the greenhouse and field, respectively.
Fourteen nematode taxa occurred across samples. The most prevalent nematodes across samples occurred at 83% (spiral, Helicotylenchus spp.), 29% (lance, Hoplolaimus), 25% (SCN, Heterodera glycines), 23% (lesion, Pratylenchus), 20% (reniform, Rotylenchulus), 19% (stunt, Tylenchorhynchus), and 13% (root-knot, Meloidogyne). Reniform, RKN, SCN, and lesion nematodes occurred at high densities in samples. All tested SCN populations were virulent (HG-types 18.104.22.168, 2.5.7, and 7), and HG-type 22.214.171.124 had varying effects on soybean NF and growth among susceptible cultivars, but no effect on the resistant cultivar. Macrophomina phaseolina density of about 327 CFU/gram of soil caused charcoal rot disease on a susceptible soybean. Moderately resistant soybean cultivar suppressed Mp densities in soil. Golovinomyces ambrosiae was identified as the pathogen causing hemp powdery mildew. All tested fungicides suppressed powdery mildew, with Bonide sulfur, Cinnerate, Exile, MilStop, Regalia, and Sil-Matrix being the most effective fungicides.
Akinrinlola, Rufus J., "IMPROVED AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF ECONOMICALLY IMPORTANT PLANT-PARASITIC NEMATODES OF FIELD CROPS AND FUNGAL DISEASES OF SOYBEAN AND HEMP IN TENNESSEE. " PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2022.