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My favourite nematode – Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita

Rae, RG (2019) My favourite nematode – Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita. Nematology, 21 (1). ISSN 1568-5411

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The terrestrial gastropod parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita is the only nematode that evolved to infect and kill slugs and snails. Because of this ability it has been formulated into a biological control agent for gardeners. In this Forum article, the author outlines several reasons why P. hemaphrodita is a nematode that is worth studying, including its ability to control the behaviour and kill slug hosts. The author discusses how P. hemaphrodita is being developed as a model nematode to be used to study the genetic evolution of parasitism, as well as potential research ideas for the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0608 Zoology
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2019 09:22
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 09:49
DOI or ID number: 10.1163/15685411-00003209
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9889
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