Synxenic and Attempted Axenic Cultivation of Rotifers

Science  12 Aug 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3424, pp. 416-417
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3424.416


Three species of rotifers have now been grown synxenically and, to a limited extent, axenically. Brachionus variabilis thrives in suitable media containing Chlorella pyrenoidosa and a bacterial species. Lecane inermis and Philodina acuticornis var. odiosa are bacteriophagous, the former doing best with two bacterial species (dixenically), the latter doing well with Escherichia coli alone (monoxenically).

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