About the Authors

John Jones did a first degree in Zoology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and then a PhD in nematode sense organ structure and function at University College of Wales Aberystwyth and Rothamsted Research. After a brief diversion working on moths and zebrafish in the USA, John moved to SCRI in 1993 and has worked on plant-nematode interactions here ever since. Current interests include PCN genomics and suppression of host defences by biotrophic nematodes. John also has a guest professor position at Ghent University. John contributes to the teaching of plant nematology at Ghent, Dundee and St Andrews Universities and is Chair of COST Action 872.

Godelieve Gheysen received an M.Sc. degree in zoology and a PhD degree in plant molecular biology from Ghent University, Belgium. Her PhD research was on plant transformation by A. tumefaciens. In 1991 she started her own research group on the molecular analysis of plant-nematode interactions. This research focuses on (1) the plant response in the compatible interaction at the molecular and cytological level (2) characterisation of the parasitism genes of nematodes (3) using this knowledge to engineer nematode resistance in plants. Since 1993, she has been a professor in molecular genetics at Ghent University and teaches several classes including molecular biology, plant biotechnology and plant-nematode relations.

Carmen Fenoll obtained her PhD in Biological Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, working on photosynthetic bacteria. She moved to plant molecular biology as a Fulbright postdoc at the University of California-San Diego and established her group at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1990. She has been Visiting Scientist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla and Tinker Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Since 2000, she is Professor of Plant Biology at the Universidad de Castilla-la Mancha (Spain), where she teaches molecular biology, genomics, plant physiology and biotechnology. Her research group works on the regulation of gene expression and cell differentiation using molecular genetics and genomics in several biological systems, one of which is nematode feeding sites.

Part I

Introductory Chapters

Chapter 1

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