Division of Plant Pathology and Microbiology in Plant Sciences Department
Research project:

Entomopathogenic nematode diversity in oak woodlands in southern Arizona

Non-disturbed areas, such as Southern Arizona 's oak woodlands are potential habitats for native nematode populations. Oak woodlands have recently taken on importance, since they provide one of the richest wildlife habitats with hundreds of vertebrates and thousands of invertebrate species. Oak diversity in Arizona is vast but with a scattered distribution in the different mountain ranges. This particular distribution of oak woodlands in the "sky-islands" of southeastern Arizona provides an interesting framework to document the diversity and study the population structure of entomopathogenic nematodes associated to these habitats. In this study, an integrated approach, combining both traditional (morphological) and molecular methods, is being considered for examining the species diversity of insect-pathogenic nematodes.

For more information:

Dr. Patricia Stock, spstock@ag.arizona.edu

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