The course  is designed to introduce students of the Postgraduate International Nematology Course (PINC), the Gent University, Belgium in the principles of molecular taxonomy and phylogeny of nematodes. This course deals with different methods of molecular identification of nematodes such as IEF of proteins, PCR-RFLP, multiplex PCR with specific primers, Real-Time PCR, and  hybridization techniques. The lectures cover the basic methods of phylogenetic analysis (minimum evolution, maximum parsimony, maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference) and their application in fields of nematode systematics. The course also emphasizes hands-on experience with software tools for editing and aligning sequence data,  re-constructing trees and working with databases.

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