Nematodes as Environmental Indicators

June 2009
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  • Published
    5th June 2009
  • ISBN 9781845933852
  • Language English
  • Pages 352 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"
  • Images 44 illus

Nematodes are the most wide spread multicellular animals in nature, and analysis of nematodes in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments, as well as their role and function in ecosystems, can be used for environmental monitoring. Classical and molecular approaches to nematode community analysis will be addressed and the contemporary field of nematodes as biosensors and genomic and post genomic aspects of nematode bioindicators will also be included. Case studies stress the importance of these bioindicators and demonstrate the commercial potential of these technologies.

Part 1 Nematodes and Bioindication - General Considerations
1. The Role of Nematodes in Ecosystems
2. Nematode Diversity in Terrestrial, Freshwater Aquatic and Marine Systems
3. Molecular Markers, Indicator Taxa and Community Indices: the Issue of Bioindication Accuracy

Part 2 Analysis of Nematode Assemblages in Environmental Samples
4.General Community Indices that can be used for Analysis of Nematode Assemblages
5. Indices Developed Specifically for Analysis of Nematode Assemblages
6. Case Studies using Nematode Assemblage Analysis
7. Case Studies using Nematode Assemblage Analysis in Terrestrial Habitats
8. Molecular Tools for Analysing Nematode Assemblages,

Part 3 Nematode Ecotoxicity Tests and Gene Expression Analysis
9. Ecotoxicity Testing with Nematodes
10. Transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans biosensors
11. Caenorhabditis elegans and Chemical Environmental Stressors: from DNA Microarrays and Data Analysis to Genomic Data of True Ecotoxicological Relevance

Part 4 Commercial Use of Nematodes as Bioindicators
12. Commercial Aspects of the Use of Nematodes as Bioindicators

Michael J Wilson

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