Ciliary activity and the origin of metachrony in Paramecium: effects of increased viscosity.

@article{Machemer1972CiliaryAA,
  title={Ciliary activity and the origin of metachrony in Paramecium: effects of increased viscosity.},
  author={H. F. Machemer},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={1972},
  volume={57 1},
  pages={239-59}
}
The small dimensions of ciliary movement make viscosity of the medium a key factor in the hydrodynamic interaction of cilia. Because technical difficulties are encountered in direct observations of ciliary systems, little is known concerning the mechanisms by which the fluid medium actually influences the beat of cilia and metachronism. Gosselin (1958) observed in lateral cilia of mussel gills an increase in wave velocity when the viscosity was raised to 15 cP. Sleigh (1966), on the other hand… CONTINUE READING
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