First report of Meloidogyne ethiopica parasitizing sugarcane in Brazil.
In December 2013, sugarcane plants (cvs. RB835486, RB72454 and Nova Irai) exhibiting many galls in the roots were detected and sampled in areas from Frederico Westphalen, Vicente Dutra and Caiçara municipalities, northwest Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. No symptoms were observed in the aerial part of infected sugarcane plants. The causal organism was identified as Meloidogyne ethiopica based on morphologicalk, molecular and pathogenicity analyses. This is thought to be the first report of M. ethiopica parasitizing sugarcane roots worldwide.