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Golden Nematode

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Golden nematode
Scientific Name:
Globodera rostochiensis (Wollenweber, 1923) (CABI)
Formerly known as Heterodera rostochiensis
Common Name:
Golden nematode, yellow potato cyst nematode
Comparison of Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida: females of G. pallida turn directly to brown cysts whereas G. rostochiensis females change from yellow to gold before they turn brown - Photo by Ulrich Zunke; University of Hamburg


  • GLOBAL: Globodera Alliance.
    GLOBAL is a five-year $3.2 million project funded by USDA. The project title is "Risk assessment and eradication of Globodera spp. in U.S. production of potato", with research focused on the potato cyst nematodes Globodera pallida (pale cyst nematode), G. rostochiensis (golden nematode), and the related species G. ellingtonae that has recently been found in Oregon and Idaho. GLOBAL stands for "Globodera Alliance", a group of 17 research, extension, and education professionals, located in Idaho, Oregon, New York, Canada, Scotland, and France. GLOBAL members include faculty from the University of Idaho, Oregon State University, Cornell University, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, The James Hutton Institute, and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research.
Native To:
South America (Boucher et al. 2013)
Date of U.S. Introduction:
First discovered in Long Island, New York in 1941 (Brodie and Mai 1989)
Means of Introduction:
Possibly transported on military equipment returning from Europe after World War I (Brodie and Mai 1989)
Capable of causing a 100% loss in potato yields (Brodie and Mai 1989)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



Selected Resources

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Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (United Kingdom).
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

Federal Government

USDAAPHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

International Government

Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark.
Victoria Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Australia). Agriculture.
Food and Environment Research Agency (United Kingdom).
See also: Pest and Disease Factsheets for more resources
Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Australian Government. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).

State and Local Government

Minnesota Department of Agriculture.


University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
Michigan State University. Integrated Pest Management Program.
See also: Forecasting Invasion Risks for more factsheets