Volume 8 in the series, appearing in two parts, A and B, deals with the systematics of cyst nematodes of the subfamily Heteroderinae. Cyst nematodes are important pathogens causing extensive damage and significant yield loss to many crops in both temperate and tropical regions. Part A presents summarised information on various aspects of morphology, biology, ecology, pathology, biogeography, control measures and diagnostics of these nematodes. Molecular diagnostic tables and comprehensive tabular and dichotomous keys for species identification, together with descriptions of protocols for extraction, light and electron microscopy studies, and molecular diagnostics are also included. The taxonomic section of part A provides diagnoses for six genera, viz., Globodera, Punctodera, Cactodera, Dolichodera, Betulodera and Paradolichodera, and includes descriptions and morphometrics of 30 valid species. The work is illustrated by 101 drawings and photos. The genus Heterodera is mainly covered in part B, complete descriptions and morphometrics of the 80 known valid species being provided and the species illustrated by 159 line drawings and photos. Identification of the species using morphological and molecular techniques is also covered. Each part includes an extensive bibliography.
Sergei A. Subbotin, Ph.D. (1987) in Helminthology (Nematology), Institute of Helminthology, Russia, is presently serving as Senior Nematologist at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, USA, and has associate positions as Guest Professor at Ghent University, Belgium, and as Scientist at University of California, USA and Center of Parasitology, Russia. He has published more than 90 articles in nematological and molecular journals.
Manuel Mundo-Ocampo, Ph.D. (1982) in Plant Pathology (Nematology), University of California, Riverside, USA. Currently a Research Associate and Curator of the UCR-Nematode Collection and is in the process of moving to CIIDIR-IPN-Sinaloa in Mexico. He has published more than 50 papers and technical reports in peer-reviewed journals.
James G. Baldwin, Ph.D. (1972) in Plant Pathology (Nematology), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nematology at the University of California, Riverside. He has published more than 120 refereed articles that emphasise nematode systematics and phenotypic evolution.
[T]he volumes are an excellent source of information on systematics of Heteroderinae and providing an updated compilation of data of all currently recognised valid species, their morphology and distribution. In particular, the summarised information on biochemical and molecular diagnostics are of great value, with data available for individual cyst nematode species. The books are thus indispensable to anyone interested in the taxonomy or diagnostics of cyst nematodes worldwide Dieter Sturhan, Julius Kühn-Institut, Münster, Germany, in Nematology vol. 13(2), 2011
These two volumes will most certainly become important reference books and should be available in every library of agricultural, biology and zoology departments and research centres. The two books will be of great help to all those (students, university professors, researchers, phytosanitary officers) involved in the study, identification and management of these peculiar and economically important nematodes, and having a copy on their own desks would be desirable. Nicola Greco, Nematologia Mediterranea, June 2011
[…] the most comprehensive treatise currently available on cyst-forming nematodes and, as such, constitutes a unique and most valuable source of information, and a precious guide to anyone (scientists, teachers, students, extension officers) who is interested in Nematology at large, and in cyst nematodes in particular. Pablo Castillo in Plant Pathology (2012) 61, 424
All those interested in biology, ecology and morphological and molecular diagnostics of plant-parasitic nematodes. The book is aimed at nematologists, plant pathologists and specialists in plant protection.