On the evolution of parasitism genes

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In the last 5 years considerable effort has been put into the identi¿ cation of parasitism genes from sedentary plant-parasitic nematodes. Thousands of (partial) DNA sequences are now available from several nematode species, which allows comparison of gene expression in plant-parasitic and other nematode species. From this comparison it is evident that plant-parasitic nematodes have evolved a set of genes that have no homologues in other nematodes or even in other phyla. Similarly, plant-parasitic nematodes have genes in common with other plant-pathogens, which are absent in other groups of nematodes. And ¿ nally, plant-parasites and animal parasites share a unique set of homologues, too. Pieces of this evolutionarypuzzle will be illustrated with examples.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNematology Symposium abstracts
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Pages133 (032)
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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