COMPOSTED MUNICIPAL WASTE AS A SUBSTITUTE TO FURADAN IN THE MANAGEMENT OF Meloidogyne incognita INFECTION ON COWPEA
There is a worldwide search for alternatives to synthetic pesticides in management of Root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne incognita Kofoid and White 1919, Chitwood, 1949). Screen-house studies were conducted to compare effects of composted municipal waste (CMW) and furadan on Root-knot nematode infection on cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp), var. Ife brown. Treatment significantly reduced the number of M. incognita in the soil with furadan being the most effective followed by CMW. Growth and yield of cowpea was improved in all treatments compared with untreated plants. Plants treated with CMW produced the best growth and highest yield. Use of CMW may be a viable soil amendment for management of Root-knot nematode.