Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
SUMMARY. Isolated Blepharisma undulans were studied for the following: (1) fission rate, (2) mating behavior, (3) giant formation, (4) effects of daily transections. The organisms were maintained at 22°C. and isolated daily for 60 days. Fission rate varied from two divisions a day to one in 29 days. The major factor producing the variation appeared to be the type or amount of food. Frequency of conjugation also varied greatly. Daughters of a single organism will mate within 24 hours after division. Conjugation followed by one division, re-isolation, then conjugation within 24 hours following a second division occurred within a 5 day period. Giants were produced within 3 days by feeding with Khawkinea, Chilomonas and Paramecium. Paramecium alone did not produce giants. Exposure to 10−m, 10−4M colchicine did not accelerate this process.Daily transections into approximately equal halves were made. The anterior halves containing the mouth membranelles were followed. Fission rate was not affected by cutting. A progressive decrease in size occurred. All ultimately lysed, most on the 7th day. If cutting was suspended on any day, recovery and fission followed. If cutting was re-instituted, lysis would again occur on or about the 7th day. Daily amputation of the posterior tip for 2 weeks did not affect either size, fission rate, or longevity.
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