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item Chitwood, David

Submitted to: Annals of the Entomological Society of America
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/12/1994
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Not required for Book Review.

Technical Abstract: "The World of Nematodes" is a book that attempts to provide "an overview of the fascinating world of nematodes for the non-nematologist". The author, David Viglierchio, recently retired as Chair of the Department of Nematology at the University of California at Davis after a distinguished career. His attempt to convey his enthusiasm for nematodes to the general reader is highly successful and informative. The intended target audience of "The World of Nematodes" includes naturalists, biologists, gardeners, and students: i.e., people with sufficient scientific background to appreciate some of the finer technical details contained within the broad general context. Because of substantial technical content, the book is not intended for the general public. Even among the intended audience, some may follow the author's advice to ignore technical matter whenever too intricate for the reader's personal taste, as may occur in the chapters on nematode anatomy and motion. However, all scientists should find this book to be a valuable addition to their libraries, one that could very well provide useful ideas for their own research.