Colour SEM of earthworm Eisenia foetida in compost

Colour SEM of earthworm Eisenia foetida in compost

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Caption: Earthworm in compost. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of the earthworm Eisenia foetida seen amongst rotting plant material in a compost heap. Compost is obtained by stacking plant material together in a heap. The material degrades resulting in a brown crumbly compost which when dug in to soil provides nutrients for growing plants. Eisenia foetida (centre, pink) is a herm- aphrodite worm composed of segments (transverse lines). It has an important role in the decomposition of material in a compost heap. It feeds on decaying plants and bacteria loosening and aerating the compost as it does so. Magnification: x17 at 6x6 cm size.

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Keywords: animal, annelid worm, annelida, compost, compost heap, decay, decomposition, earthworm, eisenia foetida, fauna and flora, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, plants, wildlife, worm, zoology

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