University of Hertfordshire

Cuticle Surface Coat of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Phytopathology
Place of PublicationPALO ALTO
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2011


The surface coat (SC) of the plant-parasitic nematode cuticle is an understudied area of current research, even though it likely plays key roles in both nematode-plant and nematode-microbe interactions. Although in several ways Caenorhabditis elegans is a poor model for plant-parasitic nematodes, it is a useful starting point for investigations of the cuticle and its SC, especially in the light of recent work using this species as a model for innate immunity and the generic biology underpinning much host-parasite biology. We review the research focused on the involvement of the SC of plant-parasitic nematodes. Using the insights gained from animal-parasitic nematodes and other sequenced nematodes, we discuss the key roles that the SC may play.

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