Custer and Hood soybean cultivars were inoculated with nine levels of Criconemoides simile ranging from 300 to 20,600 nematodes per plant. Rate of reproduction decreased as inoculum level was increased beyond 900-2,000 nematodes. Final population density was influenced by both composition and level of inoculum. There was an indication that substance(s). inhibitory to larvae, accumnlated in soil in which Hood was grown for 11 months, Significant reduction of fresh weight of roots of Hood, but not Custer, occurred at population densities of 37,000 and 44,700 nematodes per plant.
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