Collaborative Research Unit

Nematology

Co-ordinator
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal systematics and taxonomy
Description
The Nematology research unit has more than 80 years of experience in nematological research. Currently we focus on taxonomy, phylogeny, morphology, and biology of nematodes from natural and agricultural ecosystems, including free-living, plant-parasitic, virus-vector, facultatively parasitic, and entomopathogenic nematodes. Focusing from the backbone of nematode phylogeny to species delineation, we integrate a tradition of light-microscopy and ultrastructural morphology with molecular approaches. We also host the International Master of Science in Agro- and Environmental Nematology (IMANEMA). This Master’s programme is globally unique, and focuses on the agricultural and environmental aspects of nematology. Key objectives of the programme include dissemination of knowledge on nematode effects on crops and their role in disease complexes, and the transfer of information to implement sustainable farming practices and to improve agricultural productivity