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BMC Biol. 2012; 10: 57.
Published online 2012 June 25. doi:  10.1186/1741-7007-10-57
PMCID: PMC3382423

The worm in the world and the world in the worm


Caenorhabditis elegans is a preeminent model organism, but the natural ecology of this nematode has been elusive. A four-year survey of French orchards published in BMC Biology reveals thriving populations of C. elegans (and Caenorhabditis briggsae) in rotting fruit and plant stems. Rather than being simply a 'soil nematode', C. elegans appears to be a 'plant-rot nematode'. These studies signal a growing interest in the integrated genomics and ecology of these tractable animals.

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