Fifteen accession of wild Cicer spp. Cicer reticulatum, C. echinospermum and Cicer arientinum
were screened against the resistance to Meloidogyne spp. In a greenhouse. Resistance evaluation
was on a 1-9 damage index (1=highly resistance and 9=highly susceptible) based on number of
gall. Almost all the tested breeding lines were susceptible to Meloidogyne javanica and M.
incognita and also, in the most of the tested lines were observed symptoms of stress in terms of
premature like chlorosis, drying leaves and finally stunting of plant growth. Observation of root
and soil indicated that almost of all Chickpea line were affected by the Meloidogyne spp
nematode and there were differences between lines of Cicer echinospermum and C. reticulatum.
However, 3 lines of C. echinospermum of which 6 (50%) were rated <_ 1 and were considered
resistant to Meloidogyne incognita and M. javanica and none of the tested lines of Cicer
reticulatum and C. arientinum were free of nematode. Also, we indicated high level of resistance
to root knot nematodes Meloidogyne incognita and M.javanica in Cicer echinospermum species.