Nematodes

John M. Halbrendt

Nematodes are roundworms that can be found in virtually every ecological niche. They have diverse life cycles, including being parasites of plants and animals and living freely in the soil. Plant-parasitic and free-living nematodes are microscopic, and hundreds or even thousands may be present in a few cubic centimeters of soil. Their small size and ability to adapt to severe and changing environments have made nematodes one of the most abundant animal life forms on earth.

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