Biodiversity of Caenorhabditis nematodes

Despite the enormous known and projected species diversity of nematode roundworms across the globe, little is known about Canada’s nematode fauna. Freeliving nematodes usually are tiny (roughly 1mm long), transparent, and extremely abundant animals that eat bacteria and other microorganisms, making them an important part of organic cycling. This project aims to initiate a biodiversity survey of the free-living nematodes of Ontario. We are using both morphological (light microscopy) and molecular methods (DNA extraction for sequencing of nematode “DNA barcodes”) to determine the taxonomic identity of samples.

Principal Investigator: Asher Cutter

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