Beet Cyst Nematode in the UK
Beet Cyst Nematode (BCN) is a pest that has existed in the UK since the 1920’s. In recent years beet rotations have tightened and the geographical area where beet is grown in the UK has reduced which has seen an increase in the incidence of the pest.
The subclinical damage of BCN is difficult to ascertain however where BCN infestation is high, yield losses of 40% can occur. Other than increasing crop rotation length and using catch crops there is little else to control BCN. However, KWS UK has now introduced a new BCN tolerant variety into the UK that will significantly improve beet yields under BCN infestation as shown in the graph (right).