The Structure of Nematodes 2nd Edition by Alan R. Bird and Jea N. Bird

Bibliographic Information:
Title: The-Structure-of-Nematodes 2nd Edition
Division of Soils
Adelaide, Australia
Department of Zoology
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Academic Press, Inc (Elsevier)
Length: 325 pages
Size: 8.55 MB
Language: English

Much of the preface to the first edition of this book, written twenty years ago, holds
for this second edition. Certainly knowledge and facilities for ultrastructural
research on nematodes are no longer restricted to comparatively few nematologists,
as was the case in 1971. In fact, there has been a substantial increase in
research into the ultrastructure and physiology of nematodes over the past twenty
years. However, much of this information is compartmented into specialist journals
catering for molecular biologists and geneticists or plant and animal nematode
parasitologists or animal and human parasitologists, with taxonomists
attempting to interrelate the information from all these sources.
Although journals such as Helminthological Abstracts play a most useful
and significant role in attempting to bring together these diverse fields of research
into nematodes, we feel that a book which we hope will act as a reference work
for all types of nematodes, irrespective of whether they are free living or parasitic,
will provide a useful and, perhaps, more concise way of bridging the gap
between workers interested in the various aspects of research into nematodes. Due,
largely, to specialization and recent trends towards applied, problem solving
research, this gap appears to have widened in recent years.
As before, the book is divided into twelve chapters but differs in a number
of respects. Chapter 2 becomes "The Egg" instead of "Techniques" and Chapter
12 becomes a new chapter entitled "Nematode Pathology." Chapter 5 is now
titled "The Epidermis" (previously called "The Hypodermis") and the name of
Chapter 9 is changed from "The Excretory System" to "The Secretory-Excretory
We decided to remove the chapter on techniques, because these are welldocumented
elsewhere, and to include one on nematode pathology. We feel that
it is more appropriate to consider a relatively new area of research, particularly
as its origin was speculated upon in the Introduction to the first edition of this book.
Nematode pathology will continue to grow as we learn more about diseases of
nematodes in our attempts to utilize these diseases as a means of the biological
control of nematodes parasitic in plants and animals, including Homo sapiens.
We have retained the format of the first edition with numerous photographs
and diagrams complete with scales and have attempted to draw attention to many
areas requiring further research in the hope that this book will stimulate such

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