Nematodes are among the most abundant and diversified group in the animal kingdom and belong to the Phylum Nematoda.It is said that four out of five animals on Earth are nematodes. Research in this group is focussed on the ecology and taxonomy of free-living and plant-parasitic nematodes occurring in South Africa. Nematodes are currently being studied from the Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve near Memel and, research is also being conducted at the Bakwena Cave in Irene, Pretoria.
Study group members
“If all the matter in the universe except the nematodes were swept away, our world would still be dimly recognizable, and if, as disembodied spirits, we could then investigate it, we should find its mountains, hills, vales, rivers, lakes and oceans represented by a film of nematodes. The location of towns would be decipherable, since for every massing of human beings there would be a corresponding massing of certain nematodes.”
- Nathan Cobb
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