Beet cyst nematode (Heterodera schachtii) can cause considerable yield loss to brassicas, beets, rhubarb and spinach. The nematode severely damages root systems, especially during the summer months. Beet cyst nematode also infects many common weeds such as wild turnip, shepherd’s purse, fat- hen and portulaca, where it can survive and infect the next vegetable crop planted.

Read this fact sheet to find out more about control of beet cyst nematode, as well as key symptoms and life cycle.