-Omics fields of study related to plant-parasitic nematodes

DOI: 10.5584/jiomics.v3i1.120


  • Juan Emilio Palomares-Rius Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (IAS), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Apdo. 4084, 14080 Córdoba, Campus de Excelencia Internacional Agroalimentario, ceiA3, Spain
  • Taisei Kikuchi Division of Parasitology, Fuculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki 889-1692, Japan


Plant-parasitic nematodes (PPN) cause significant losses and these pathogens must be addressed amid the growing demand for food, global warming, and the discarded use of inorganic pesticides. For these reasons, acquiring deeper knowledge about PPN and devising new management strategies are important in order to meet future food demand. This review focuses on PPN and their applicable and diverse –omics fields of study. While most efforts have been centered on transcriptomics, other –omics studies have recently begun to expand. The few genomes sequenced (Meloidogyne incognita, M. hapla, and Bursaphelenchus xylophilus) have shown high diversity in PPN. This review also discusses the future prospects and uses of –omics relative to PPN.