The MSU Applied Nematology Team's objective is to assist Michigan’s agriculture and related industries on managing critical nematode issues through innovative research and extension, and maintain/increase profitability and environmental quality and soil health in a multidisciplinary and cooperative approach.
Our work is supported by seven Michigan commodity groups and seeks to address nematode problems on soy, corn, sugarbeets, potatoes, vegetables, fruits and ornamentals. For information and results of our multiple trials in applied nematology, visit the Applied Nematology page.
We have included images and description of nematodes encountered in Michigan. These images include most of the important and common plant parasitic pests and also beneficial nematodes that play a role in soil health and nutrient cycling.
In addition, you can find sounds and videos of a trial that used soil acoustics to evaluate wet aggregate stability, an important component of soil health, in tilled, no-till and native soils.
Soybean cyst nematode management and sampling
Published on August 16, 2022
Now is the time to consider having a free soybean cyst nematode diagnosis on soybean fields as they are harvested this fall or on wheat fields going into soybeans next year.
Plant-eating nematodes and the key to fighting them
Published on November 3, 2021
Plant roots interact with many bacteria, fungi and microscopic organisms within the soil that can impact how well the plants grow. Some of these microscopic organisms are nematodes, and they are an especially important part of the life in the soil.
New grant to help carrot and wheat growers deter invisible pests
Published on March 11, 2021
Entomologist Marisol Quintanilla will lead a team in unraveling the mysteries of a microscopic pest of carrots and wheat.
Integrated management strategies for improved soybean cyst nematode control
Published on April 30, 2020
Evaluation of rotation, compost, chemicals and cover crops to manage soybean cyst nematode populations.
Surveying Michigan carrot growers on plant-parasitic nematode control habits
Published on April 20, 2020
Current control practices and commonly encountered nematodes in Michigan carrot fields.
MSU collaborates in coalition to inform growers about risks of soybean cyst nematodes
Published on April 30, 2019
MSU nematologists participate in the SCN Coalition encouraging soybean grower awareness, as well as support ongoing nematode education and study in Michigan.
Combating root-knot nematodes in daylilies: Experimental results – Part 1
Published on October 10, 2018
New combinations of nematicides, bleach dips and ultraviolet treatments are successful in reducing the northern root knot nematode pressure on daylily rootstock.
Nematodes in ornamental plant production: Good or bad?
Published on October 10, 2018
Some species of nematodes are an asset in reducing pest populations in greenhouse production while other species can cause plant stunting, reduced yields and marketability.
Marisol Quintanilla joins Department of Entomology as new applied nematologist
Published on January 11, 2017
The Department of Entomology welcomes Marisol Quintanilla as MSU’s new applied nematologist, starting Jan. 15, 2017.