Buckholt, Michael Allan
In an effort to relate soil health to the distribution and attributes of nematode species, 6 sites in Worcester, Massachusetts with industrial history were sampled for nematode populations. The presence of nematodes was detected in all soil samples, with three samples producing nematodes that were successfully cultured. The cultured nematodes were grown on agar plates of varying pH values, to investigate their resilience and the impact of the pH on their growth rates. It was found that the nematodes generally grew best at a pH closest to the pH of the soil they came from, indicating that the nematodes present at these sites are well adapted to, and have been selected for or possibly even evolved in response to, the local soil conditions of Worcester.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Biology and Biotechnology