Nucleotide Sequences in Nematode Systematics

  • Thomas O. Powers
  • Byron J. Adams
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 268)

Abstract

The addition of nucleotide sequence data to systematics has dramatically altered the study of relationships among organisms. In some respects, it has merely intensified the debate involving congruence between morphological and nonmorphological data sets (Patterson et al., 1993; Swofford, 1991; Hillis, 1987). In other regards, it has shifted the focus of the debate to methods of handling large data sets comprised of nonmorphological characters (Felsenstein, 1988; Hillis and Huelsenbeck, 1992; Simon, 1991; Swofford and Olsen, 1990). Nucleotide sequence alignment, assessments of homology, tree building protocols, and tree optimization and evaluation procedures are all recognized as critical components in contemporary systematic analysis. It is indisputable that molecular methods will have an impact in nematode systematics. Already there is a rapidly accumulating literature in molecular systematics, albeit some of it rather obtuse and difficult to interpret. Some fields, such as mammalian systematics, have vigorously embraced the new technologies. Nematode molecular systematics is in its infancy, with less than a dozen technical papers using nucleotide sequence data to assess relationships among nematodes. Yet it could be argued that molecular systematics will have its greatest impact among the lesser understood taxa, those that have received scant attention due to small size of the organisms and conservation of morphological characters. Molecular systematics can put nematodes on the same footing as better understood organisms.

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Europe Glycine NADH Hunt Cambrian 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas O. Powers
    • 1
  • Byron J. Adams
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant PathologyUniversity of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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