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Free Living Nematode Detection using Next Generation Sequencing Technology


The identification of free living nematodes (FLN) in soil requires significant experience in traditional taxonomy. This project aims to develop new methods for identifying FLN using Next Generation Sequencing. Newly developed tools will be evaluated and applied in ecological and crop protection based studies.



  1. Complete training to be self-reliant and confident in traditional nematology, molecular biology and applied nematology 
  2. Overcome limitations identified with specific molecular nematode detection techniques prior to application of non-targeted approaches
  3. To develop an analysis pipeline for sequence data providing an overview of quarantine, regulated and native species of free living nematodes
  4. Apply newly developed methodology for the assessment of the efficacy of new management technologies and implementation of control strategies

Funding Body


Lead Organisation

Food & Environment Research Agency


Harper Adams University, National Plant Protection Organization in the Netherlands

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