Coloured SEM of a nematode worm in a compost heap

Coloured SEM of a nematode worm in a compost heap

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Caption: Nematode in compost. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of a nematode roundworm amongst rotting plant material in a compost heap. Compost is obtained by stacking vegetable trimmings, non- seeding weeds and grass cuttings together in a heap. The material degrades resulting in a brown crumbly compost which when dug in to soil provides nutrients for growing plants. Nematodes are thread-like worms with a characteristic undulating or thrashing movement. This free-living nematode (long, pink) is saprophytic. It contributes to the decomposition of the heap by feeding on dead and decaying fungi and bacteria. Magnification x450 at 6x6 cm size.

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Keywords: animal, compost, compost heap, decay, decomposition, fauna and flora, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, nematoda, nematode, plants, roundworm, wildlife, worm, zoology

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