Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Present status and future of nematode systematics

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Nematology
For more content, see Nematologica.

Since phylogenetic systematics became generally accepted and especially since informatics and molecular techniques for phylogenetic analysis were developed, systematics has undergone a conceptual and methodological revolution. Taxonomy, on the contrary, suffered a decline. Poor descriptions, too much routine work and low citation rates hampered it. As a result, the discipline became less attractive to young scientists. With only a small fraction of the biodiversity known, this situation will lead to serious problems in the future in all those fields of nematology depending on a correct identification of species. Phylogenetic analyses of nematodes have been mainly based on morphology, supplemented with developmental characters, but in recent years molecular methods have provided entirely new data sets. Phylogenetic estimates derived from independent data may provide new insights in character homologies through reciprocal illumination. Classifications of nematodes were often biased according to the expertise of the author and were only recently based on the principles of phylogenetic systematics. Recently, molecular and morphological data have been used to support a new overall classification with only (presumably) monophyletic taxa. In this classification plant, as well as animal, parasitic taxa are hierarchically downgraded in accordance with their phylogenetic history. Species occupy an important position in all aspects of biology, therefore the species concept matters. It determines, for example, the outcome of biodiversity assessments, distribution patterns, etc. However, several problems remain to be solved before a consensus will be reached about the choice of a concept. Future research in nematode systematics should comprise well-focused taxonomy based on a combination of classical and modern methods in a way that can raise the interest of young scientists as well as of funding agencies. It should be realised that, with the dwindling present taxonomic expertise, this is a very urgent matter.


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Nematology — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation