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BMC Biology

, 10:57

First Online: 25 June 2012Received: 06 June 2012Accepted: 21 June 2012DOI: 10.1186-1741-7007-10-57

Cite this article as: Blaxter, M. & Denver, D.R. BMC Biol 2012 10: 57. doi:10.1186-1741-7007-10-57


Caenorhabditis elegans is a preeminent model organism, but the natural ecology of this nematode has been elusive. A four-year survey of French orchards published in BMC Biology reveals thriving populations of C. elegans and Caenorhabditis briggsae in rotting fruit and plant stems. Rather than being simply a -soil nematode-, C. elegans appears to be a -plant-rot nematode-. These studies signal a growing interest in the integrated genomics and ecology of these tractable animals.

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Autor: Mark Blaxter - Dee R Denver


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