The Natural History of Model Organisms: The unlimited potential of the great pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis

István Fodor, Ahmed Aa Hussein, Paul R. Benjamin, Joris M. Koene, Zsolt Pirger

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Abstract

Only a limited number of animal species lend themselves to becoming model organisms in multiple biological disciplines: one of these is the great pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis. Extensively used since the 1970s to study fundamental mechanisms in neurobiology, the value of this freshwater snail has been also recognised in fields as diverse as host-parasite interactions, ecotoxicology, evolution, genome editing and 'omics', and human disease modelling. While there is knowledge about the natural history of this species, what is currently lacking is an integration of findings from the laboratory and the field. With this in mind, this article aims to summarise the applicability of L. stagnalis and points out that this multipurpose model organism is an excellent, contemporary choice for addressing a large range of different biological questions, problems and phenomena.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere56962
Pages (from-to)1-18
JournaleLife
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • developmental biology
  • evolution
  • exotoxicology
  • Lymnaea stagnalis
  • natural history
  • neuroscience
  • pond snail

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