Collection and rearing of earthworms

Butt, Kevin Richard orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0886-7795 Collection and rearing of earthworms. Berichte der DBG (nicht begutachtete online Publikation) .

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Earthworm experimentation requires a source of supply. This may come from field-collection, purchase from a supplier,
or from breeding of stock. The mode of obtaining the animals may be determined by the type of experimentation, but must not compromise the experiment. Typical
collection methods employ digging and hand-sorting of soil, addition of a vermifuge, application of an electrical
current to the soil or combinations thereof. Each collection method has advantages and may target particular groups of earthworms more successfully than others.
Rearing earthworms in the laboratory may be viewed as difficult but if control of factors such as soil type, moisture, temperature, food supply and stocking
density are in place, it can be straightforward. Culture design will be determined by the experimental objectives.

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