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Title: An investigation into the existence of succinate producing anaerobic metabolism in two snails of the central California intertidal zone
Student Author(s): Roberts, Mark
Pages: 17
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1979
Keywords: midtide forest community
Abstract: The existence of an anaerobic metabolic pathway which accumulates alanine and succinate was tested for in two snails which inhabit the intertidal region of the central Californian coast. Anaerobic conditions were induced by maintaining experimental animals in nitrogen flushed vials for 64 hours after which the whole soft tissue was assayed for alanine, succinate, and lactate. These assays were compared against the same for a set of controls. Results did not demonstrate an accumulation of more alanine, succinate, or lactate in the snails under anaerobic conditions than in the aerobic controls.