Book Review: Hunt DJ & Nguyen KB [eds.]. 2016. Advances in Entomopathogenic Nematode Taxonomy and Phylogeny. Nematology Monographs and Perspectives, Volume 12

Vladimír Půža


The rise of molecular methods caused a revolution in the systematics of many organisms, including entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN). From the 1990s, we experienced an enormous increase in the number of described EPN species. However, many of these taxa were inadequately supported by morphology and molecular data. Thus, in 2007 two respected nematode taxonomists, K.B. Nguyen and D.J. Hunt, prepared their excellent book entitled ‘Entomopathogenic nematodes: systematics, phylogeny and bacterial symbionts’ (Nguyen & Hunt 2007) that clarified the EPN taxonomy and became a vital tool for any EPN taxonomist. In his review, Dr Ralf Ehlers wrote (Ehlers 2008) that he expected the second edition of the book would come out in 10 years and expressed the wish that the book would be published with a hard cover. Indeed, the growth in the number of EPN species being discovered has not stopped and from the year 2007 about 50 new EPN species have seen the light of day. The new book, ‘Advances in entomopathogenic nematode taxonomy and phylogeny,’ by the same authors, came out in 2016 and in a nice hard cover. Just in time.

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nematology; systematics; EPN