Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program
FII Project R2003-200

    Monograph of soil nematodes from coastal Douglas-fir forests in British Columbia
Imprint: Victoria, BC : Science, Technology and Environment Division, Royal Roads University, 2003
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Ecology
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program
The history of nematodes dates back to ancient times. The intestinal roundworm, Ascaris lumbricoides, was apparently known to the Chinese about 5,000 years ago. This nematode, and the Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinensis, the dreaded nematode parasite of humans, seems to have been mentioned by the Egyptians about 3,500 years ago. Moses’ fiery serpent mentioned in the Bible may also have been the Guinea worm. A few hundred years BCE, Hippocrates and Aristotle mentioned the human pinworm, Enterobius vermicularis, and Aristotle is on record as being the first person to describe nematodes. However, serious study of nematodes began only in the 1850s, with the availability of the light microscope, and primarily among the Europeans. Landmarks in this process included major works from France, Germany and England. North Americans, notably N. A. Cobb in the USA, entered the field some 50 years later.
Mary Bernard, Tochi S. Panesar, Valin G. Marshall.
Related projects:  Royal Roads

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