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Oxygen Consumption By Soil-Inhabiting Nematodes

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Oxygen consumption by 22 species of soil-inhabiting nematodes was measured using the cartesian diver method. The exponent of regression for respiration-weight dependence was 0.67 indicating that respiration intensity is proportional to the surface area of the body of those nematodes examined. A comparison was given of respiratory rate (R) and metabolic rate (MR) in various trophic groups of nematodes. Comparisons of the oxygen consumption of nematodes measured by other authors indicated a considerable resemblance in the type of energy metabolism of the whole group of nematodes, irrespective of their habitats. The respiration equations calculated by the authors : R = (1.40 ± 1.17) W0.72 ± 0.092; (MR = 1.40 x W-0.28) can be used to assess the requirements needed to maintain nematode communities, if their abundance and age distribution are known.

Affiliations: 1: ) Department of Bioenergetics and Bioproductivity, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, 3, Pasteur St., Warsaw 22, Poland; 2: ) Institute of Ecology of Polish Academy of Sciences, Dziekanow Lesny near Warsaw, Poland


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