EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 02 - 1992 Num. article: 1992/20

Radiation of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus

In the USA experiments were carried out to measure the radiation sensitivity of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (EPPO A1 organism) in woodchips in order to develop a disinfestation method for pine wood chips.
The radiation sensitivity was tested over a range of dose values with a cesium-137 irradiator. The lethal dose for pine wood nematodes lay in the range 6-8 kGy and is, therefore, economically unattractive for the disinfestation of woodchips.


Eichholz, G.G.; Bogdanov, A.A.; Dwinell, L.D.  (1991)  Radiation sensitivity of pine wood nematodes in woodchips.
International Journal of Radiation Applications and Instrumentation. Part A, Applied Radiation and Isotopes  42,  177-179.