Aphelenchoides besseyi

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Rice white tip nematode
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Nematoda
Class: Secernentea
Subclass: Diplogasteria
Order: Tylenchida
Superfamily: Aphelenchoidea
Family: Aphelenchoididae
Subfamily: Aphelenchoidinae
Genus: Aphelenchoides
Species: A. besseyi
Binomial name
Aphelenchoides besseyi
Christie, 1942
  • Aphelenchoides oryzae Yokoo
  • Asteroaphelenchoides besseyi (Christie) Drozdovski[1][2][3]

Aphelenchoides besseyi is a plant pathogenic nematode. It is sometimes referred to as rice white tip, spring dwarf, strawberry bud, or strawberry crimp disease nematode.[1][2][3] This foliar nematode is found in Africa, North, Central, and South America, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Pacific Islands[4][5][6]


A. besseyi has a well-developed and distinct metacorpus. The stylet is small with well-developed knobs. The tail has a mucro with three points. Males have a rose thorn spicule and no bursa.

Life cycle[edit]

The nematodes survival stage is to remain anhydrobiotic in seed until planting. As surrounding plants grow the nematodes become active and feed on meristematic tissue. A. besseyi reproduces amphimicticly although parthenogenesis can take place. As the plant begins to reach reproductive maturity the number of nematodes increases dramatically. The nematodes migrate to feed on reproductive structures eventually settling in the developing rice seed. As the kernel dries the nematode slowly desiccates and can remain viable in the kernel for up to three years. The life cycle of A.besseyi is generally short consisting of around 8–12 days.[4][6] This species is thermophilic. The lower threshold for development is 13°C and the optimum temperature varies between 23°C and 30°C. The sum of effective temperatures for the development of one generation is 80 degree-days.[7]

Host Parasite Relationship[edit]

A. besseyi is an ectoparasitic nematode which means it feeds on the plant tissue externally. This nematode is most often associated with a disease in which the leaves of the rice plant turn white in the meristematic regions followed by necrosis.[4][8] These nematodes can also cause stunting and sterility with yield losses of up to 50% reported[4][9]


The most common management practice for A. besseyi is to maintain clean seed stocks. Since the nematode survives in the seed it is fairly easy to control. Seed can be chemically treated to kill nematodes or can be cleaned using a method in which the seed is initially soaked in cool water to activate the nematode and then briefly soaked in hot water to kill them. These seeds can then either be directly planted or quickly dried for storage.


  1. ^ a b Aphelenchoides besseyi at European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization
  2. ^ a b Aphelenchoides besseyi at Nemaplex, University of California
  3. ^ a b ZiMing, Wang; MaoSong, Lin; Na, Lin; XiaoFan, Ding; Zhou; Ming, Feng Description of Aphelenchoides besseyi from abnormal rice with small grains and erect panicles in China. Chinese Journal of Rice Science, 2005 (Vol. 19) (No. 4) 361-365
  4. ^ a b c d Bridge, J., and Jim L. Starr, Plant Nematodes of Agricultural Importance - A Colour Handbook. 2007.
  5. ^ McGawley, E.C., M.C. Rush, and J.P. Hollis, Occurrence of Aphelenchoides besseyi in Louisiana Rice Seed and Its Interaction with Sclerotium oryzae in Selected Cultivars. J Nematol, 1984. 16(1): p. 65-8.
  6. ^ a b Hoshino, S. and K. Togashi, Effect of Water-Soaking and Air-Drying on Survival of Aphelenchoides besseyiinOryza sativa Seeds. J Nematol, 2000. 32(3): p. 303-8.
  7. ^ AgroAtlas
  8. ^ Adamo, J.A., C.P. Madamba, and T.A. Chen, Extracting the Rice White-Tip Nematode, Aphelenchoides besseyi, with Match Sticks. J Nematol, 1976. 8(2): p. 178-9.
  9. ^ Hoshino, S. and K. Togashi, A Simple Method for Determining Aphelenchoides besseyi Infestation Level of Oryza sativa Seeds. J Nematol, 1999. 31(4S): p. 641-3.