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Investigating the Microbial Community in the Termite Hindgut - Interview

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1Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, California Institute of Technology - Caltech

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    Summary

    Jared Leadbetter explains why the termite-gut microbial community is an excellent system for studying the complex interactions between microbes. The symbiotic relationship existing between the host insect and lignocellulose-degrading gut microbes is explained, as well as the industrial uses of these microbes for degrading plant biomass and generating biofuels.

    Date Published: 5/28/2007, Issue 4; doi: 10.3791/196

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    Leadbetter, J. Investigating the Microbial Community in the Termite Hindgut - Interview. J. Vis. Exp. (4), e196, doi:10.3791/196 (2007).

    Abstract

    Jared Leadbetter explains why the termite-gut microbial community is an excellent system for studying the complex interactions between microbes. The symbiotic relationship existing between the host insect and lignocellulose-degrading gut microbes is explained, as well as the industrial uses of these microbes for degrading plant biomass and generating biofuels.

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    The authors have nothing to disclose.

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    Hi Jared, I think I still have the original VCR tape we made that very first time we looked at the hindgut with John Breznak at MBL in the summer of 1990. It was a cool experiment and I guess you were hooked. Jennifer Klenz (UBC, Vancouver, BC)
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    Posted by: AnonymousJune 11, 2008, 11:12 PM

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