LABEXE20.HLP Rev 7/92 Laboratory Exercise 20
Purpose: To study the characteristics and biology of fungal- and bacterial-feeding nematodes.
1. Examine cultures and specimens of Aphelenchus avenae (fungus feeder) and Acrobeloides bodenheimeri, Caenorhabditis elegans, and Cruznema tripartitum (bacterial feeders).
2. Examine feeding behavior, rate and frequency of feeding, and rate of movement of each of the nematodes. Are all life stages feeding?
3. Behavior in response to stimulus. You are provided with a petri dish with a number of individuals of a bacterial-feeding nematode placed in the center, and a bacterial colony at the edge. Determine whether the nematodes are attracted to, repelled by, or indifferent to the colony. Conduct a similar trial with a small quantity of NaHCO3 (source of CO2) placed at the egde of the dish.
4. Discussion and demonstration of techniques for isolating and culturing soil bacteria and bacterial-feeding nematodes.
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