Rearing of the Snail Biomphalaria Glabrata under Axenic Conditions in Isolators

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  • Departamento de Bioquímica e Departamento de Microbiología, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Germfree Biomphalaria glabrata were successfully reared through their life cycle in isolators. The snails were fed a diet sterilized either by heat or by irradiation. Snails fed an irradiated diet had a better growth and higher reproduction rate than the ones fed an autoclaved diet. There was no difference in survival between the two groups.

Author Notes

Fellow of Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq). Present address: Centre de Pesquisas René Rachou, Avenida Augusto de Lima, 1715, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Fellow of Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).

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