The Vacuuming Protozoa

By Ken W. “Creekman” Davis

The ebb and flow of bacteria in a winter-flooded rice field causes a change in the type of protozoa necessary to facilitate the decomposition process. As a biofilm, made of algae and other organisms, is beginning to form on the rice straw it takes specialized protozoa such as this Lacrymaria to suck up the bacteria.

Ken W. “Creekman” DavisKen W. “Creekman” Davis is an aquatic biologist and wildlife photojournalist with more than 30-years experience. His images have been published in more than 4000 different periodicals, newsletters, brochures, encyclopedias and websites.