Date of Award

Summer 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Ricky E. Foster

Second Advisor

Virginia R. Ferris

Committee Chair

Ricky E. Foster

Committee Co-Chair

Virginia R. Ferris

Committee Member 1

Stephen Weller


The aim of this project was to evaluate different strategies for management of Root Knot Nematode (RKN) on soybean and tomato in Indiana. Seed treatments were evaluated under field and greenhouse conditions, but no effect on RKN populations was observed. Soybean lines evaluated for resistance to RKN under greenhouse conditions showed that six lines may be resistant to RKN. Four different commercial mustard cover crops were evaluated for their bio-fumigant impact on RKN populations in the production of tomato. Euruca sativa, Cv. Nemat was a poor host of RKN. A positive impact on the vigor of the tomato plants followed the incorporation of the cover crops, suggested an increase of soil nutrition with the incorporation of the green manure.