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The Efficiency With Which Caenorhabditis Briggsae (Rhabditidae) Feeds On the Bacterium, Escherichia Coli

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The rate of removal of the bacterium E. coli from aqueous suspensions by C. briggsae in feeding has been studied. The decrease in bacteria with time follows a negative exponential equation when bacterial multiplication was restricted and nematode growth was minimal. It was inferred that the feeding activity of the nematodes is maintained at a constant level over a wide range of bacterial concentrations. Other experiments supported the contention that C. briggsae requires dense suspensions of bacteria for the maintenance of cultures and gave estimates of the efficiency of conversion of bacterial protoplasm to worm protoplasm.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology, Australian National University, Canberra; 2: Division of Mathematical Statistics, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia


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