Course: Molecular Identification

Published on
January 1, 2016

Nematodes - members of the highly abundant and speciose phylum Nematoda – have a relatively conserved morphology.

In other words, it needs intensive training and a high magnification to identify nematodes till genus or species level. From an evolutionary point of view, nematodes constitute an old animal group. This implies that diversity at DNA level is substantial.

In this course you will learn how to get (ribosomal) DNA sequence information from individual nematodes, and how to exploit this information to detect nematodes even if they constitute a (very) small minority within a highly complex mixture (e.g. a soil or sediment sample). You will experience how this approach can be used to detect and quantify Ditylenchus species, root knot and cyst nematodes (till species level), Pratylenchus species, and also families of free-living nematodes. 


The course will be held at the Laboratory of Nematology (Wageningen University), from 4th till 8th of April 2016, daily from 13.00 till 17.00.

Course supervision and teaching:

  • Sven van den Elsen
  • Hans Helder

For whom?

This course is specifically for those that would like to get hands-on experience in the use of DNA characteristics of plant parasitic and free-living nematodes for identification and quantification. Basic experience in nematode handling is desirable.

More information:

The fee includes coffee/tea, literature, reprints and manuals. Accommodation is not included, please contact Lisette Groeneveld for a list of hotels, rooms and Bed & Breakfasts.