Undine E. M. Achilles-Day

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DNA barcoding using the mitochondrial cytochromecoxidase subunit I (cox-1) gene has recently gained popularity as a tool for species identification of a variety of taxa. The primary objective of our research was to explore the efficacy of using cox-1 barcoding for species identification within the genusTetrahymena. We first increased intraspecific sampling(More)
The survival of ciliate resting cysts, in the presence and absence of soil, was studied under two environmental stresses: desiccation and freezing. Laboratory strains of the common species Colpoda inflata and the rare species Meseres corlissi were used in these experiments, which yielded the following results: 1) Freezing of cysts in soil with a residual(More)
Trophic cells of the freshwater ciliate Meseres corlissi CCAP 1647/1 proved to be recalcitrant to all the cryopreservation methods tested; however, resting cysts of this strain were amenable to both conventional two-step cryopreservation and ultra-rapid vitrification methods. Conventional controlled rate cooling and Mr. Frosty cooling methods, employing 5(More)
Future micro-algal biofuels will most likely be derived from open-pond production systems. These are by definition open to "invasion" by grazers, which could devastate micro-algal mass-cultures. There is an urgent requirement for methodologies capable of early detection and control of grazers in dense algal cultures. In this study a model system employing(More)
This study monitored the biodiversity of microbes cultured from a heterogeneous biofilm which had formed on the lumen of a section of dental waterline tubing over a period of 910 days. By day 2 bacterial counts on the outlet-water showed that contamination of the system had occurred. After 14 days, a biofilm comparable to that of clinical waterlines,(More)
Using Paramecium bursaria as a model organism improved protocols have been developed to isolate clonal endosymbiotic algae. This involved micromanipulation of individual protists, rupturing to release endosymbionts followed by enrichment on complex media and a series of plating steps, under low light (PAR ~10μmol photons m(-2)s(-1)).
Vermamoeba vermiformis is associated with the biofilm ecology of dental-unit waterlines (DUWLs). This study investigated whether V. vermiformis is able to act as a vector for potentially pathogenic bacteria and so aid their dispersal within DUWL systems. Clinical dental water was initially examined for Legionella species by inoculating it onto Legionella(More)
Recent advances in molecular technology have revolutionized research on all aspects of the biology of organisms, including ciliates, and created unprecedented opportunities for pursuing a more integrative approach to investigations of biodiversity. However, this goal is complicated by large gaps and inconsistencies that still exist in the foundation of(More)
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