Studies of the life-history and energetics of marine and brackish-water nematodes

  title={Studies of the life-history and energetics of marine and brackish-water nematodes},
  author={Peter M. J. Herman and Guido Vranken},
An energy budget was constructed for the marine nematode Monhystera disjuncta. Respiration was measured with a modified Cartesian diver technique, in which the nematodes were kept in agar inside the diver ‘head’. The relationship between respiration and body weight was: R =1.53 W0.75. Body growth was exponential during the juvenile phase, with a growth rate equal to 0.61 d-1. After maturation the growth rate fell to 0.17 d-1. Food uptake was measured in experiments with radiolabeled bacteria… CONTINUE READING
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