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UK Risk Register Details for Meloidogyne javanica

This record was last updated on 08/08/2022

Common Names

  • Javanese root-knot nematode
  • Root gall nematodes
  • Root-knot nematodes
  • Sugarcane eelworm
  • Sugarcane nematode

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

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  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

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  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Soil/growing medium

Common Pathways

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  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Soil/growing medium

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 1
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 6
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 30

Current Mitigations

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Key mitigation for pest

Prohibition of key pathway and provisional quarantine pest (Great Britain); regulated non quarantine pest (Northern Ireland)



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 2
Spread [1 - 5] 1
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 6
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 30

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
Bosnia-Herzegovina Present
Bulgaria Present
Cyprus Present
France Present
Germany Present
Greece Present
Hungary Present
Iceland Present
Italy Present
Republic of North Macedonia Present
Malta Present
Moldova Present
Montenegro Present
Poland Present
Portugal Present
Romania Present
Russia Present
Spain Present
Ukraine Present
United Kingdom Absent
North America
United States Present
South America
Argentina Present
Bolivia Present
Brazil Present
Chile Present
Colombia Present
Ecuador Present
Paraguay Present
Peru Present
Suriname Present
Uruguay Present
Venezuela Present
Australia Present
Fiji Present
Kiribati Present
Papua New Guinea Present
Samoa Present
Solomon Islands Present
Tonga Present
Algeria Present
Angola Present
Botswana Present
Burundi Present
Comoros Present
Congo (Democratic Rep.) Present
Cote d'Ivoire Present
Egypt Present
Eritrea Present
Ethiopia Present
Gabon Present
Gambia Present
Ghana Present
Kenya Present
Liberia Present
Madagascar Present
Malawi Present
Mauritania Present
Mauritius Present
Morocco Present
Mozambique Present
Nigeria Present
Reunion Present
Rwanda Present
Sao Tome and Principe Present
Senegal Present
South Africa Present
Sudan Present
Tanzania Present
Tunisia Present
Uganda Present
Zambia Present
Zimbabwe Present
Armenia Present
Bangladesh Present
Brunei Present
China Present
India Present
Indonesia Present
Iran Present
Iraq Present
Israel Present
Japan Present
Jordan Present
Kazakhstan Present
Lebanon Present
Malaysia Present
Myanmar Present
Nepal Present
Oman Present
Pakistan Present
Philippines Present
Saudi Arabia Present
Singapore Present
South Korea Present
Sri Lanka Present
Syria Present
Taiwan Present
Tajikistan Present
Thailand Present
Turkmenistan Present
Uzbekistan Present
Vietnam Present
Yemen Present
Central America
Costa Rica Present
Cuba Present
El Salvador Present
Guadeloupe Present
Guatemala Present
Honduras Present
Jamaica Present
Martinique Present
Nicaragua Present
Panama Present
Puerto Rico Present
Trinidad and Tobago Present

Type of Pest

  • Nematode (Tylenchida)

Host or Industry at Risk

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Total protected cultivation

Major Hosts

  • Camellia sinensis (L.) O.Kuntze
  • Capsicum annuum L.
  • Convolvulus arvensis Linnaeus
  • Cucurbitaceae
  • Cydonia oblonga Mill.
  • Ficus carica L.
  • Solanum lycopersicum L.
  • Malus Mill.
  • Nicotiana tabacum L.
  • Olea europaea Linnaeus
  • Oxalis corniculata L.
  • Prunus armeniaca L.
  • Prunus avium ssp./var. avium L.
  • Prunus cerasus L.
  • Prunus domestica ssp. domestica L.
  • Prunus dulcis (Mill.) D.A.Webb
  • Prunus persica Batsch
  • Prunus salicina Lindl.
  • Pyrus L.
  • Solanum melongena L.
  • Solanum nigrum L.
  • Solanum tuberosum L.
  • Fabaceae (family)

Threats to Protected Cultivation

  • Only protected crops

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

  • N/A

Further Information

PRA Availability

PRA not available

Regulation and EPPO listing

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Provisional quarantine pest (Great Britain); regulated non quarantine pest (Northern Ireland)

Actions Indicated

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Statutory action (Great Britain), statutory action in line with legislation (Northern Ireland)

General Comments

Species of tropical/sub-tropical plant pathogenic root knot nematode absent from the UK, damaging to wide range of ornamental and commercial crops as well as soft fruits under glass.

Further Information


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Key uncertainty for pest

Distribution in Northern Europe & climatic suitability of the UK for overwintering in the wider environment.


Current distribution






UK distribution

Risk Records for this Pest