Nematode Survey at El Edén
James G. Baldwin
During the spring of 1996 a nematode survey was conducted at the Ecological reserve "El Eden" in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Soil samples were collected from several plants species endemic to the Savanna's ecosystems. Plant species endemic to these habitats included trees such as: Eritroxyllum sp., Crecentia allata, Palm trees (Paurotis sp.) "Nance". In addition, other aquatic plants were selected.
Soil samples were processed at UCR-Nematode Systematics Lab. for nematode extraction, Identification and estimation of population density.
Preliminary results indicate presence of diverse taxonomic groups of nematodes including: Tylenchida, Rhabditida, Chromodorina, Dorylaimida, Monhysterida, Diplogasterida, Cephalobidae, Mononchida. Identification to genera and species level is in progress. Information on the ecological implications of some of these groups will be discussed at the workshop. Future research plans will be also proposed.