Hirschmanniella

In the Netherlands, the genus Hirschmanniella is represented by different species including Hirschmanniella loofi, described by Sher in 1968 and named after Piet Loof. All species within this genus are plant parasites and are unique in the sense that it are aquatic plant parasites. They live in and around the roots of Potamogeton. In the Netherlands, they are not of economic importance but in warmer regions, where rice is grown, Hirschmanniella oryzae can cause considerable yield decreases.

Hirschmanniella/Picture: Hanny van Megen
Hirschmanniella/Picture: Hanny van Megen