As it pursues implementation of the ERDF-co-funded project entitled The devising of innovative methods for the rapid identification of nematodes causing economic losses, the Warsaw – based Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences is pleased to invite students for:

-        internships

-        five-day nematology training courses entitled "From clods of soil to the DNA barcoding of nematodes" (Od grudki gleby do barkodingu DNA nicienia)

Nematodes (roundworms) represent one of the world’s best-represented groups of multicellular animal with around 20,000 species described so far. They embrace a wide range of trophic groups, being bacteriophagous, fungivorous, predatory or parasitic (upon plants and animals – including human beings). While the first three groups are evidently beneficial in the soil environment, the many plant-parasitic species are capable of giving rise to tangible economic losses.

Thus, feeding by nematodes can cause a dieback or even death of plants, reduced plant productivity, the commercial degradation of crops being traded in, and the disruption of the international trade in plant products – in the face of the risk that quarantine measures may be undermined and pests or diseases spread.

The subject matter covered on internships and the training courses extends to:

-        methods of nematodes sampling from the soil or plants,

-        methods of preserving nematodes and producing nematode preparations,

-        presentation and discussion on selected roundworm groups,

-        DNA PCR extractions,

-        demonstration of DNA sequencing and BOLD (Barcode of Life) specimen identification.

Interns gain confirmation of participation in internships, while participants for training courses receive certificates confirming completion.

Internships and training will take place at the Nematological Diagnostic and Training Centre, present at the seat of the Museum and Institute of Zoology, i.e., 64 Wilcza St., Warsaw, Poland.

Those interested are invited to send an e-mail to:

Dr. Tadeusz Malewski: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

Dr. Ewa Dmowska: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

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