Nematology course: Molecular Identification

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General information

In close cooperation with the Netherlands Food and consumer Product Safety Authority (former Dutch Plant Protection Services) and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), the Laboratory of Nematology is offering a series of nematology courses. Hands-on practical training is a key element in all courses offered; we aim to teach you to-do-it-yourself.

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.  

Contact: J (Hans) Helder


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Venue: Wageningen University
Wageningen, Netherlands

Wageningen Academy, Laboratory of Nematology
Radix, Building no. 107, Droevendaalsesteeg 1
6708 PB Wageningen



1.000€. 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.


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.

Application Procedure:

Register using the online registration form.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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