BOOK REVIEW ALAN F. BIRD & JEAN BIRD: The Structure of Nematodes. Second Edition. Academic Press, Inc., San Diego, USA and London, U.K., 1991. XI + 316 pp. ISBN 0-12-099651-0. Price US $ 65.00 The second edition of this authoritative book has been produced after an interval of twenty years, in which time there has been a substantial increase in the research on the structure and partic- ularly the ultrastructure of nematodes. This is apparent in the reorganisation of the book which although keeping most of the previous chapter headings has incorporated a large amount of new information and opinion, together with many new, or updated, illustrations. Apart from a few adjustments in the titles, the book retains its twelve chapter content but with that on techniques omitted (the authors consider that they are well-documented elsewhere) and a new one included on nematode pathology. This is a concise appraisal of the pathological changes brought about by pathogens of nematodes and the molecular nature of the adhesion between pathogen and nema- tode. The other chapters are on the egg, the exoskeleton, growth and molting, the epidermis (previously referred to as the hypodermis), musculature, the nervous system, pseudocoelom, secretory-excretory system (changed from the excretory system), the digestive system and the reproductive system. This second edition has been completely rewritten to bring it up to date, with the incorporation of recent research on those aspects of cellular and molecular biology that relate to nematode structure, as well as retaining and updating the classical approach to the subject. For example, several pages on the chapter on the egg are devoted to a summary of the embryological lineage of Caenorhabditis elegans, with later reference to the impact of electron microscopy in describing the complete anatomy of the nematode's nervous system; and to scanning electron microscopy for the structure and morphology of cuticular features and appendages. This second edition is well- produced, with clear diagrams and plates and free from typographical errors, and should serve as an excellent and indispensable reference for nematologists sensu lato for the next twenty years, or until a third edition is contemplated. C. E. TAYLOR
Nematologica – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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