Fostering Communication Between Nematologists Worldwide
goals of IFNS are:
to foster global awareness of nematodes and advancement
of the science of nematology;
to serve as a worldwide interface for nematology societies,
promoting communication, education, research and outreach.
Why are nematodes such amazingly
Nematodes or roundworms are everywhere.
They are among the most harmful organisms of crops, especially
in the tropics, but they are also very promising as natural
antagonists that can be used in bio-control programmes against
Because of their ubiquitous presence, overwhelming densities
and diversity (sometimes compared to insects) free-living
nematodes are an ideal tool for biodiversity studies.They
are used as bio-indicators of pollution in both terrestrial
and aquatic environments.
Nematode species such as Caenorhabditis elegans are
also used as model organisms for investigating diverse biological
processes.They have short generation times, are easy to culture
and their genome size is small. Since it became apparent that
they show remarkable similarity of genes with those in humans,
they have been introduced in studies on aging and pathological
processes found in humans.