First report of Pratylenchus neglectus (Rensch, 1924) Filipjev & S. Stekhoven occurring in abundance in maize in Hungary.
There are several plant parasitic nematode species damaging maize worldwide. The genus Pratylenchus is one of the most important taxon among them. In Hungary, information about plant parasitic nematodes, especially Pratylenchus species of maize is limited. In the summer of 2018, root samples were taken from maize field next to Balastya (Csongrad county, southern Hungary) in order to establish the presence of Pratylenchus species. After washing and cutting root samples, endoparasitic nematodes were extracted by the Baermann-funnel method. Based on morphometric identification Pratylenchus neglectus (Rensch, 1924) Filipjev & Schuurmans Stekhoven, 1941 species was identified. P. neglectus is found in every continent and it is considered to be a potential pest of potato and wheat in certain regions. P. neglectus is not a new species to the fauna of Hungary, but its damage on maize has not yet been recorded in Hungary.