Millipede gut microbiology and decomposition of faecal pellets over a period of eight weeks were studied in the laboratory. Bacterial numbers, carbon and nitrogen content, pH and weight loss were monitored. Heterotrophic bacteria were the most abundant and reached a peak in the first two weeks of decomposition. The amount of carbon was constant while ammonium nitrogen decreased from 1.51 % to 0.03 % after eight weeksThe pH of the pellets was slightly acidic and did not change much during the course of decomposition. A succession of micro-organisms was observed on decomposing pellets. Zygomycetes were replaced by Ascomycetes after 20 days of decomposition. Decomposition was significantly affected by temperature. The rate of decomposition was highest at 35[degree]C .
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
Bibliographical notePT: J BD: Nutrition; Digestion; Defaecation; Associations; Ecology; Land zones; Afrotropical region; Africa ST: Animalia, Arthropoda, Myriapoda, Diplopoda; UT: ZOOREC:ZOOR14006037214
M1 - Journal Article
- laboratory study] [Mutualism / Bacteria & fungi / Gut & pellet micro-organism composition & post-deposition changes in pellets] [Biological breakdown / Faecal pellet decomposition / ] [Zimbabwe / Mazowe dam / ].
- Environmental Sciences & Ecology
- Doratogonus uncinatus (Diplopoda).
- Nutrition & Dietetics
- Doratogonus uncinatus [Faeces / Faecal pellets / Post-deposition chemical & microbial changes