The worm in the world and the world in the worm

Mark Blaxter, Dee R Denver

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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.See research article
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalBMC Biology
Issue number57
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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