Plant Parasitic Nematodes, Volume 3 by Zuckerman and Rohde



Bibliographic Information:
Title: Plant Parasitic Nematodes
Editor: BERT M. ZUCKERMAN
DEPARTMENT OF PLANT PATHOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
EAST WAREHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
RICHARD A. ROHDE
DEPARTMENT OF PLANT PATHOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS
Volume: 3rd
Publisher: Academic Press ( Elsevier )
Length: 529 pages
Size: 65.0 MB
Language: English




Ten years have passed since the publication of "Plant Parasitic Nematodes,"
Volumes I and II. During the interim there have been important
developments in plant nematology which give promise to fueling a
quantum advance of knowledge in the field. Several areas where knowledge
is rapidly expanding are the application of biochemical techniques to
taxonomy; innovations in transmission and scanning electron microscopy
technology; a broadened basis for understanding nematode physiology
and behavior and the sensory mechanisms which govern nematode
actions and plant host-nematode interactions; and, finally, the development
of modern approaches to the evaluation and reduction of crop losses.
Volume III deals with these advances, providing a reference source for
workers in plant nematology and related fields and pointing to promising
areas for productive research during the years ahead.
The emphasis of this volume is on plant parasites, but it was necessary
to consider in some detail new insights gained through research on other
nematodes, particularly the elaborate anatomical, developmental, behavioral
and genetic studies on the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis
elegans. C. elegans is currently a widely used laboratory model for examining
complex biological problems. This broad interest is based on the
rationale that these nematode studies have relevance to generalized
biological processes in higher organisms, including man. The large body
of information which has accumulated lends strong support to this assumption.
As demonstrated in this volume, research on C. elegans has
also provided information of inestimable value to the understanding of its
economically important peers—the plant parasitic nematodes. In some
cases, it has been necessary to draw on findings on animal parasitic
nematodes where information on other nematodes is lacking.
To ensure the best possible coverage of the topics discussed in this
volume, the contributors are all actively engaged in research. We wish to
thank the authors for the considerable care and time spent in preparing
their contributions, our respective wives Harriette and Suzanne for their
care and understanding during this editorial travail, and Margret Geist
for invaluable assistance in the numerous tasks attendant to the preparation
of this volume.




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