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How do Amoeboids feed? The food sources of amoebae vary. Amoebae typically ingest their food by phagocytosis, extending pseudopods to encircle and engulf live prey or particles of scavenged material. Amoeboid cells do not have a mouth or cytostome, and there is no fixed place on the cell at which phagocytosis normally occurs.
What does protozoa feed on? 5.2.
Protozoa are unicellular, eukaryotic organisms that can be several mm in length, although most are much smaller. Most protozoa are heterotrophic and survive by consuming bacteria, yeast, fungi, and algae. There is evidence that they may also be involved, to some extent, in the decomposition of soil organic matter.
How do amoebas eat their food? How does it eat? To eat, the amoeba stretches out the pseudopod, surrounds a piece of food, and pulls it into the rest of the amoeba’s body. Amoebas eat algae, bacteria, other protozoans, and tiny particles of dead plant or animal matter.
How do flagellates get food? In some flagellates, flagella direct food into a cytostome or mouth, where food is ingested. Many protists take the form of single-celled flagellates. Flagella are generally used for propulsion. They may also be used to create a current that brings in food.
They feed by taking in other organisms such as bacteria and algae or organic particles such as animal or plant debris. They can absorb soluble nutrients such as sugars directly through the cell envelope. Parasitic protozoa take nutrients from the body fluids of their hosts.
Protozoa cannot use sunlight as a source of energy and they must move around to obtain the energy they need to survive. Certain chemicals in protozoa can recognize when a particle of food is nearby. The food particle is usually another organism or a part of one.
Protozoa move in the environment in three different ways: ameboid movement, flagella, and cilia. Cilia (in ciliated protozoa) and the flagella (typical of flagellates and some ameboid protozoa) propel the organism through the water by their beating, or they are used to generate water currents to draw food particles.
Paramecia feed on microorganisms like bacteria, algae, and yeasts. To gather food, the Paramecium makes movements with cilia to sweep prey organisms, along with some water, through the oral groove (vestibulum, or vestibule), and into the cell.
In the collared flagellates, or choanoflagellates, for example, the collar and flagellum operate in feeding. The beating flagellum creates a water current, causing water to move through the collar. Particles of food in the current are trapped on the collar and are ingested by pseudopodia at its base.
Ciliary beating creates currents in the water that sweep food particles and prey organisms into a gullet, or buccal cavity. In the region of the cell mouth (cytostome) the food particles are wrapped in a piece of membrane from the feeding cell and pinched off into the cytoplasm for subsequent digestion.
The two major classes of flagellates are the phytoflagellates (resemble plants and obtain energy through photosynthesis and zooflagellates (resemble animals and obtain energy through feeding).
Digestion in Protozoa is intracellular within food vacuoles. After the initial acid phase the cytoplasm of the protozoan produces enzymes in an alkaline medium, the enzymes pass into the food vacuoles and the vacuoles increase in size and become alkaline. Then the contents of the vacuoles are digested.
Protozoa have been classified into three trophic categories: the photo- autotrophs which harness the sun’s radiant energy in the process of photosynthesis; the photoheterotrophs, which although phototrophic in energy requirements, are unable to use carbon dioxide for cell synthesis and must have organic carbon
Bacteria can obtain energy and nutrients by performing photosynthesis, decomposing dead organisms and wastes, or breaking down chemical compounds. Bacteria can obtain energy and nutrients by establishing close relationships with other organisms, including mutualistic and parasitic relationships.
Respiration in Protozoa:
Protozoa do not have any organellae for the process of respiration. The limiting permeable membrane acts as a respiratory surface. The free molecular oxygen from the surrounding media enters into the body by diffusion. Presence of a cytochrome system has been demonstrated in protozoa.
Chemotrophs are organisms that obtain energy by the oxidation of electron donors in their environment.
The animal-like protists must “eat” or ingest food. Some animal-like protists use their “tails” to eat. These protists are called filter-feeders. Once digested, the food material moves through the vacuole and into the cytoplasm of the protist.
Amoeboid movement is achieved by pseudopodia and involves the flow of cytoplasm as extensions of the organism. The process is visible under the light microscope as a movement of granules within the organism. The basic locomotory organelle is the pseudopodium.
Explanation: The members the protozoa move by cell extension, flagella, pseudopodia and cilia. The method of movement is determined by the type of organism and their environment. Ciliates move using tiny cilia, flagellates move using flagella and amoeba by crawl along surfaces by extending pseudopodia.
Unlike the adult/mature forms of some protozoa, sporozoans do not have flagella or cilia used for locomotion. For this reason, they depend on gliding, twisting, and bending to move.
The sizes of the paramecia population can grow rapidly by binary fission. During binary fission, one paramecium cell divides into two daughter cells with identical genetical information. The micronucleus divides through “mitosis”, but the macronucleus divides another way, called “amitosis”.
Asexual reproduction (binary fission)
During binary fission, one paramecium cell divides into two genetically identical offspring, or daughter cells. According to Forney, the micronucleus undergoes mitosis, but the macronucleus divides another way, called an amitotic, or non-mitotic, mechanism.
Flagellates are cells with one or more whip-like organelles called flagella. Some cells in animals may be flagellate, for instance the spermatozoa of most phyla. Flowering plants and fungi do not produce flagellate cells, but the closely related green algae and chytrids do.
flagellum, plural flagella, hairlike structure that acts primarily as an organelle of locomotion in the cells of many living organisms. Flagella, characteristic of the protozoan group Mastigophora, also occur on the gametes of algae, fungi, mosses, slime molds, and animals.
Protozoans exhibit diverse modes of locomotion across the various groups, but the modes of locomotion can be broadly divided into flagellar, ciliary, and amoeboid movement.