An Anecdotal History of Nematology by J. M. Webster

By J. M. Webster

Nematology isn't just approximately these gorgeous Nobel prize profitable creatures, nematodes, but additionally concerning the those that paintings with them, the nematologists. Your solid pals Bengt Eriksson, David McNamara and John Webster have cajoled a complete galaxy of story-telling nematologists to reminisce approximately their household, their nematodes, and to inform us how they bought to grasp them so good. it's all disclosed in "An Anecdotal heritage of Nematology". it's stable nematology, yet it is diverse, and you'll be in a position to learn the opposite part of a few of our nematological world's such a lot attention-grabbing discoveries and approximately their discoverers.The publication is addressed to all who like to paintings on nematodes. it is going to be of curiosity additionally to historians of technology and to any zoological library.

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It will help to identify the role and contributions of these research centers, and of the associated nematological personalities, in those formative years of change. 34 NEMATOLOGICAL NEBULAE IN EUROPE AND THE USA Early research centers in Europe As the ravages of the Second World War faded low agricultural productivity was manifest, in part due to several years of monocropped land and to widespread crop diseases. The potato cyst nematode and beet cyst nematode, together with some local, severe outbreaks of stem eelworm and lesion nematode, were the major nematode pests.

In addition to the four NEMATOLOGICAL NEBULAE IN EUROPE AND THE USA 35 Fig. 1. Staff of the Nematology Department at Rothamsted Experimental Station in the late 1970s. C. Doncaster (nematode behaviour), K. J. J. R. E. N. Perry (physiology), A. L. R. M. D. G. D. Winslow (cyst nematode populations). 1) at a time when agricultural research focused on maximizing crop yields, on the search for new nematicides, on the development of resistant cultivars, and when new pest problems ensured the allocation of increased resources for research.

Remember Chambers who helped Cobb 30 OUR EARLY STARS with the incredible, artistic drawings that have stimulated teachers and students for almost a century to try to gain a closer aquaintance with the “nems”. How many of us have not stared, at the full, en face view of the grisly Mononch head “about to seize its victim”, sending thrills of fascination along the backbone of students? A tribute also to those, not mentioned above, who welcomed “nematologists in embryo” to their institutes and laboratories to be trained and to gain Fig.

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