Taxonomy and Phylogeny of Cyst Nematodes

  • Alan R. Stone
Part of the Nato ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 121)


The major nematode pests in agriculture throughout the world are generally those forms showing greatest development of the parasitic habit. Of these, the cyst nematodes and their relatives are the most highly adapted. They are also probably the only large group of plant-feeding nematodes for which sufficient information has been accrued to permit rigorous phylogenitic or phenetic analyses and development of hypotheses describing how the nematode-plant host-parasite relationship has evolved. The group provides a paradigm for other truly plant parasitic nematodes. We require a systematic framework within which to order our names and descriptions of organisms. Such a framework, unless it is merely a catalogue, must have a logical basis if it is to be predictive and enable us to make assumptions about the biology of an organism from comparison with related forms. An understanding of the evolution of host-parasite relationships permits predictions to be made about nematode behaviour in relation to a host as well as contributing to the development of a rational systematics.


Cyst Nematode Plant Parasitic Nematode Potato Cyst Nematode Oesophageal Gland Isoelectric Focussing 
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  • Alan R. Stone
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  1. 1.Rothamsted Experimental StationHarpenden, HertsEngland

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