Interacting genes in nematode dauer larva formation

Nature. 1981 Apr 23;290(5808):668-71. doi: 10.1038/290668a0.


The dauer larva of Caenorhabditis elegans is a developmentally arrested stage induced by starvation or overcrowding. Mutant genes controlling the ability to form dauer larvae interact in a way which allows them to be ordered in a pathway. Mutant phenotypes suggest that the pathway corresponds to neural processing of environmental stimuli.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Caenorhabditis / genetics
  • Caenorhabditis / growth & development*
  • Epistaxis
  • Genes
  • Larva
  • Mutation