The nematode Pristionchus pacificus
has been developed as important model for integrative studies in Evolutionary Biology. Combining laboratory studies with fieldwork in ecology and population genetics, Pristionchus
helps understanding the patterns and processes shaping the biology of organisms. Knowledge of the biology and evolution of organisms requires sophisticated functional tools, but also a detailed phylogenetic framework for comparative studies. Recently, multiple publications have laid the foundation for modern research of the morphology, taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of the genus Pristionchus
Scratchpad is an online database allowing easy access to the knowledge of these nematodes. It contains all currently known species, grows rapidly and represents a modern nematode biodiversity tool. Get involved!
To learn more about the P. pacificus
model see www.pristionchus.org.