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Author

Megan Riley

Date of Award

Spring 2011

Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Dr. Amy Treonis

Abstract

Nematodes are microscopic roundworms present in soils and sediments everywhere. In addition to serving as bioindicators of soil health, they provide important ecosystem services such as carbon and nitrogen cycling, nutrient delivery to plants, and disease suppression (Neher 2010, Yeates et al. 2003). They are also economically relevant, particularly plant-parasitic nematodes, some of which are major agricultural pests (Neher 2010). Other nematodes also have the potential to function as biocontrol agents in agricultural settings (Chen et al. 2001, Khan and Kim 2007, Neher 2010).

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