Gary Phillips
​Gary Phillips
Entomology and Plant Pathology Doctoral Student Gary Phillips received the second place oral paper award at the 54th annual meeting of the Society of Nematologists July 19-24 at Michigan State University.
Phillip’s presentation explored how parasitic nematodes may affect millipede species in North America. Global climate change is leading to northern migration of tropical species of millipedes. Nematodes crossing from one species to another may trigger decline of native species, an issue of concern since millipedes are the first stage in breaking down leaf litter and wood matter in making nutrients available to plants.

Phillips competed against very stiff competition of ten other outstanding students from North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. His major professor, Ernest Bernard, says the audience and membership in general was most impressed by his scanning electron microscopy images and detailed molecular analysis of a diverse group of nematodes that remains largely unknown, even to nematologists.

 

 

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Story by Margot L. Emery, memery@tennessee.edu