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Effect of Calcium Chloride on viability and fecundity of Biomphalaria pfeifferi, snail intermediate host of Schistosoma mansoni

Olasehinde, G. I (2000) Effect of Calcium Chloride on viability and fecundity of Biomphalaria pfeifferi, snail intermediate host of Schistosoma mansoni. Akoka Journal of Pure and Applied Science Education, 1 (2). pp. 45-50.

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Abstract

Biomphalaria pfeifferi, the snail intermediate host of Schistosoma mansoni was cultured in the laboratory to show the effect of CaCl2 on its rate of production of eggs and hatchability of the eggs laid. 12 snails of approximately the same size and age were cultured in each of the 4 tanks set up. In 3 of the tanks were CaCl2 dissolved in 1000cm3 of water in various concentrations. The 4th culture tank served as control experiment where no calcium was added. Highest fecundity was recorded in the control tank while highest hatchability was recorded in the tank with minimal quantity of CaCl2. From the results of this research, it has been found that calcium in low concentrations is necessary for optimum fecundity and viability of eggs of Biomphalaria pfeifferi. Very high concentrations are lethal to the snails. Based on the outcome of this study, CaCl2 can therefore be used as an additional source of calcium for laboratory culture of the snail intermediate hosts. This is necessary for better understanding of the life cycle of Schistosoma mansoni towards eradication of schistosomiasis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Adewole Adewumi
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2016 16:50
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2016 16:50
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/6362

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