Horizontal gene transfer from bacteria and fungi as a driving force in the evolution of plant parasitism in nematodes

JT Jones*, C Furlanetto, T Kikuchi

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

65 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Phylogenetic studies have shown that parasitism of plants by nematodes has arisen independently on at least three separate occasions. We argue that horizontal gene transfer has played a critical role in the evolution of plant parasitism on each occasion. In addition, we discuss evidence that suggests this process has driven the evolution of other life strategies within the Nematoda and that it may be considerably more common within the Phylum than commonly thought. We review recent literature that shows horizontal gene transfer to nematodes has occurred from both bacteria and fungi.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-646
Number of pages6
JournalNematology
Volume7
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • genetics
  • parasitism
  • plant-parasitic nematodes
  • SUBVENTRAL ESOPHAGEAL GLANDS
  • MELOIDOGYNE-INCOGNITA
  • HETERODERA-GLYCINES
  • CHORISMATE MUTASE
  • BETA-1,4-ENDOGLUCANASE GENES
  • BIOCHEMICAL-CHARACTERIZATION
  • BURSAPHELENCHUS-XYLOPHILUS
  • GLYCOSYL HYDROLASES
  • CYST NEMATODES
  • PECTATE LYASE

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Horizontal gene transfer from bacteria and fungi as a driving force in the evolution of plant parasitism in nematodes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this