Dietary choice behavior in Caenorhabditis elegans.

  title={Dietary choice behavior in Caenorhabditis elegans.},
  author={Boris Borisovich Shtonda and Leon Avery},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={209 Pt 1},
Animals have evolved diverse behaviors that serve the purpose of finding food in the environment. We investigated the food seeking strategy of the soil bacteria-eating nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. C. elegans bacterial food varies in quality: some species are easy to eat and support worm growth well, while others do not. We show that worms exhibit dietary choice: they hunt for high quality food and leave hard-to-eat bacteria. This food seeking behavior is enhanced in animals that have… CONTINUE READING
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