First report of Meloidogyne enterolobii on banana in China.
During a survey of root-knot nematode species on banana in Fujian Province, China, root samples of banana (Musa nana cv. Baxi) exhibiting classical symptoms of infection by root-knot nematodes were collected from an orchard in Xuemei Village, Changtai County, Zhangzhou Region. The population densities ranged from 355 to 6560 eggs and second-stage juveniles (J2) per 5 g of fresh roots and 150 to 1350 J2 per 100 cm3 of soil. Based on morphological characteristics, nucleotide sequence analysis and pathogenicity test, the nematode species was identified as M. enterolobii. This is thought to be the first report of M. enterolobii parasitizing a plant (i.e. banana) in the family Musaceae.