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Nematodes as Environmental Indicators

Nematodes as Environmental Indicators

Edited by M Wilson, Ruakura Research Centre, New Zealand, T Kakouli-Duarte, Lecturer in Environmental Biotechnological Sciences, Institute of Technology, Carlow

June 2009 / Hardback / 352 Pages / 9781845933852 £95.00 / €125.00 / $180.00
With 10% online discount: £85.50 / €112.50 / $162.00
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Main Description

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.


Readership

Researchers and students in environmental sciences

Preface

Part I: 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 II: 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 in Aquatic Habitats
7. Case Studies Using Nematode Assemblage Analysis in Terrestrial Habitats
8. Molecular Tools for Analysing Nematode Assemblages

Part III: Nematode Ecotoxicity Tests and Gene Expression Analysis

9. Ecotoxicity Testing with Nematodes
10. Transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans as Biosensors
11. Caenorhabditis elegans and Chemical Environmental Stressors: from DNA Microarrays and Data Analysis to Genomic Data of True Ecotoxicological Relevance

Part IV: Commercial Use of Nematodes as Bioindicators

12. Commercial Aspects of the Use of Nematodes as Bioindicators

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