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Nematodes as environmental indicators.

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The book comprises four parts. The first part (Chapters 1-3) deals with background issues relating to nematodes themselves and to bioindicators in general. Part II (Chapters 4-8) describes practical aspects of using nematode assemblages as bioindicators in real world settings. Part III (Chapters 9-11) describes the potential of nematodes, particularly the model organisms Caenorhabditis elegans, to be used in laboratory-based toxicity assays. It is precisely the same features (short life span, ease of culture, transparent cuticle) that made C. elegans the first model animal that make it so suitable for laboratory-based bioassays. Furthermore, because of the vast amount of knowledge and technical know-how generated by the C. elegans community, data can be generated and interpreted from C. elegans assays better than from any other animal-based biosensor. The final part (Chapter 12) deals with commercial aspects of using nematodes as environmental bioindicators.


Book Chapters

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) The role of nematodes in ecosystems. Author(s): Yeates, G. W. Ferris, H. Moens, T. Putten, W. H. van der
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 45) Nematode diversity in terrestrial, freshwater aquatic and marine systems. Author(s): Hodda, M. Peters, L. Traunspurger, W.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 94) Molecular markers, indicator taxa, and community indices: the issue of bioindication accuracy. Author(s): Ekschmitt, K. Korthals, G.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 107) General community indices that can be used for analysis of nematode assemblages. Author(s): Neher, D. A. Darby, B. J.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 124) Indices developed specifically for analysis of nematode assemblages. Author(s): Ferris, H. Bongers, T.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 146) Case studies using nematode assemblage analysis in aquatic habitats. Author(s): Danovaro, R. Gambi, C. Höss, S. Mirto, S. Traunspurger, W. Zullini, A.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 172) Case studies using nematode assemblage analysis in terrestrial habitats. Author(s): Nagy, P.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 188) Molecular tools for analysing nematode assemblages. Author(s): Neilson, R. Donn, S. Griffiths, B. Daniell, T. Rybarczyk, K. D. Elsen, S. van den Mooyman, P. Helder, J.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 208) Ecotoxicity testing with nematodes. Author(s): Höss, S. Williams, P. L.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 225) Transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans as biosensors. Author(s): Lagido, C.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 253) Caenorhabditis elegans and chemical environmental stressors: from DNA microarrays and data analysis to genomic data of true ecotoxicological relevance. Author(s): Menzel, R. Steinberg, C. E. W. Stürzenbaum, S. R.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 275) Commercial aspects of the use of nematodes as bioindicators. Author(s): Trett, M. W. Urbano, B. C. Forster, S. J. Trett, S. P.

Book details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, The University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen AB24 3FX, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2009
  • ISBN
  • 9781845933852
  • Record Number
  • 20093184806