Culturing Large Numbers of Hydra

  • Howard M. Lenhoff


To grow in the laboratory mass cultures of hydra by two methods: the tray method, which yields numbers of animals ranging from 10,000 to 100,000 at a time; and the vertical plate method, which can yield kilogram quantities (wet weight) monthly.


Culture Solution Mass Culture Culture Tank Basal Disk Artemia Nauplius 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard M. Lenhoff
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  1. 1.Department of Developmental and Cell BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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