Two Size-Selective Mechanisms Specifically Trap Bacteria-Sized Food Particles in Caenorhabditis elegans

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Fang-Yen, Christopher; Avery, Leon; Samuel, Aravinthan D. T.;
(2009)
  • Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC2785297, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0904036106
  • Subject: pharyngeal pumping | pharynx | filter feeding | Biological Sciences
    mesheuropmc: stomatognathic system

Caenorhabditis elegans is a filter feeder: it draws bacteria suspended in liquid into its pharynx, traps the bacteria, and ejects the liquid. How pharyngeal pumping simultaneously transports and filters food particles has been poorly understood. Here, we use high-speed... View more
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