Are germ-free worm colonies possible?
jjtfa1 at scotus.sfcpa.edu
Wed Aug 9 17:07:55 EST 2000
I have a probably half-baked idea for an undergraduate research project
that would be well served with a little advice from the subscribers of the
annelida list serve.
So... Could a group of undergraduates try to establish a gnotobiotic or
germ-free colony of annelids, such as earthworms?
I have found references about fungi, protozoans and bacteria having a role
in worm diets but wonder if it might be possible to establish worms without
living material as a food source or whether annelids might always require a
And how might we begin to approach this?
Your advice and perspective will be very appreciated.
John J. Trimble, Ph.D.
Saint Francis College
Loretto, PA 15940
Fax (814) 472-3356
<jjtfa1 at scotus.sfcpa.edu>
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