Caenorhabditis elegans is a 1-mm-long free-living nematode that feeds on bacteria. The feeding organ of C. elegans is a pharynx, a neuromuscular tube responsible for sucking bacteria into the worm from outside, concentrating them, and grinding them up (Doncaster 1962, Seymour et al. 1983). The basic mechanics and the neurons and muscles used to execute feeding motion are important for understanding several feeding behaviors and are therefore briefly described. More details regarding cellular and nuclear composition, the structure, electrophysiology, and the molecular components can be found in Avery and You (2012).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Appetite and Food Intake|
|Subtitle of host publication||Central Control, Second Edition|
|Number of pages||16|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2017|
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