Asexual reproduction in the decapitated planaria, Dugesia dorotocephala, is inhibited by an extract of homogenized heads of the same or closely-related species. Decapitated planaria allowed to regenerate have reproduced asexually over 80% of the time, while those that have been cultured in a suspension of head homogenate have had asexual reproduction inhibited to less than 10%. The substance that inhibits asexual reproduction is heat labile. It requires a concentration of 2.0 heads/ml that contains .13 mg protein/ml to effectively inhibit asexual reproduction. A similar concentration of head homogenate from the related planaria, Dugesia tigrina, also contains the inhibitory substance. Head homogenate from the white planaria, Phagocata oregonensis, does not inhibit asexual reproduction. A preliminary study of other animal tissues indicates that brain homogenate from the chicken, fish, salamander, and gerbil inhibits, while a liver homogenate from these animals does not inhibit as much.
College and Department
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Leavitt, Lewis Hafen, "Inhibition of asexual reproduction in planaria" (1969). Theses and Dissertations. 7808.