This work was partially funded by the HIP project. The concepts we study in this paper are central to the methods and gene functions we investigate at large in the project
Summary of the paper ‘On the role of Dauer in the adaptation of nematodes to a parasitic lifestyle’
Parasitism is a trait that evolved independently multiple times within the phylum Nematoda, but are there (molecular or phenotypical) unifying features that are found across all parasitic species? In this review we investigate and compile evidence from literature that supports our hypothesis that the Dauer pathway may play a role in regulating infective stage entry/exit. We support our hypothesis by a meta-analysis of Dauer pathway gene conservation across multiple animal and plant parasitic nematode species.