Ultrasonic phytosanitation of pinewood nematode infected wood


  • Amir Sohi
  • Adnan Uzunovic
  • Stavros Avramidis


Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, Leptographium terebrantis, Leptographium longiclavatum, Ophiostoma montium, Ophiostoma clavigerum, Pinus contorta.


Pinewood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus) mortality was investigated after ultrasonic treatment at 20 and 40 kHz frequency. Experiments were conducted with infected small wood specimens that were ultrasonically treated for 1, 3, 5 and 7 hours and two variable temperature conditions, namely, a gradually increasing from ambient to a maximum of 70oC and a decreasing from ambient to a minimum of 5oC. The results revealed that the ultrasonic treatment itself had no significant effect on the nematode mortality at the 5oC level, while at the 70oC level, considerable nematode mortality was observed in short time periods and at 7 hours of sonic exposure it reached 100%. Therefore, certain combinations of timing and frequency of ultrasonic waves and produced heat can be effective in killing pinewood nematodes thus resulting in phytosanitized wood.


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Sohi, A., Uzunovic, A., & Avramidis, S. (2016). Ultrasonic phytosanitation of pinewood nematode infected wood. Maderas-Cienc Tecnol, 18(1), 99–104. Retrieved from https://revistas.ubiobio.cl/index.php/MCT/article/view/2242