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Infection of Slugs with Theronts of the Ciliate Protozoan, Tetrahymena rostrata

Asia-Pacific Centre for Animal Health, Melbourne Veterinary School, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3010, Australia
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Microorganisms 2021, 9(9), 1970; https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9091970
Received: 31 August 2021 / Revised: 14 September 2021 / Accepted: 14 September 2021 / Published: 16 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Parasitic Protists: Diversity of Adaptations to a Parasitic Lifestyle)
Tetrahymena rostrata is a free-living ciliated protozoan and is a facultative parasite of some species of terrestrial mollusks. It is a potential biopesticide of pest slugs, such as the grey field slug, which cause considerable damage to crops. T. rostrata has several developmental forms. Homogeneous preparations of the feeding stage cells (trophonts) and excysted stage cells (theronts) were compared for their ability to infect and kill Deroceras reticulatum slugs. Theronts were more effective and remained viable and infective, even after prolonged starvation. View Full-Text
Keywords: parasitic ciliate; theronts; trophonts; cysts; mollusks parasitic ciliate; theronts; trophonts; cysts; mollusks
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Haites, R.E.; Watt, A.E.; Russell, D.A.; Billman-Jacobe, H. Infection of Slugs with Theronts of the Ciliate Protozoan, Tetrahymena rostrata. Microorganisms 2021, 9, 1970. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9091970

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Haites RE, Watt AE, Russell DA, Billman-Jacobe H. Infection of Slugs with Theronts of the Ciliate Protozoan, Tetrahymena rostrata. Microorganisms. 2021; 9(9):1970. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9091970

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Haites, Ruth E., Anne E. Watt, Derek A. Russell, and Helen Billman-Jacobe. 2021. "Infection of Slugs with Theronts of the Ciliate Protozoan, Tetrahymena rostrata" Microorganisms 9, no. 9: 1970. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9091970

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