Is there competition among ciliates and nematodes?

Bergtold M, Gunther V, Traunspurger W (2005)
FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 50(8): 1351-1359.

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1. Biotic interaction between the ciliate Cyclidium glaucoma and the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans was investigated by manipulating the densities of the organisms in microcosms with and without sediment. 2. After 11 days the abundance of ciliates, nematodes and bacteria as well as extracellular enzyme activity were determined. Ciliates had a negative effect on nematode abundance in microcosms without sediment and in microcosms with sandy sediment, whereas in muddy sediment the effect was less distinctive. An effect of nematodes on ciliates was not observed. 3. The common resource bacteria were not affected negatively by the activity of the grazers. Overall grazer biomass increased with the addition of sediment to the microcosms, suggesting a rise of the carrying capacity in the experimental system. Especially in muddy sediment the abundance of bacteria and extracellular enzyme activity was higher compared to the microcosms without sediment. 4. The results of the experiment suggest a strong interspecific competition between nematodes and ciliates, where nematodes are, at least temporary, strongly affected.
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Bergtold M, Gunther V, Traunspurger W. Is there competition among ciliates and nematodes? FRESHWATER BIOLOGY. 2005;50(8):1351-1359.
Bergtold, M., Gunther, V., & Traunspurger, W. (2005). Is there competition among ciliates and nematodes? FRESHWATER BIOLOGY, 50(8), 1351-1359.
Bergtold, M., Gunther, V., and Traunspurger, W. (2005). Is there competition among ciliates and nematodes? FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 50, 1351-1359.
Bergtold, M., Gunther, V., & Traunspurger, W., 2005. Is there competition among ciliates and nematodes? FRESHWATER BIOLOGY, 50(8), p 1351-1359.
M. Bergtold, V. Gunther, and W. Traunspurger, “Is there competition among ciliates and nematodes?”, FRESHWATER BIOLOGY, vol. 50, 2005, pp. 1351-1359.
Bergtold, M., Gunther, V., Traunspurger, W.: Is there competition among ciliates and nematodes? FRESHWATER BIOLOGY. 50, 1351-1359 (2005).
Bergtold, M, Gunther, V, and Traunspurger, Walter. “Is there competition among ciliates and nematodes?”. FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 50.8 (2005): 1351-1359.
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