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Layers of Symbiosis - Visualizing the Termite Hindgut Microbial Community
 

Layers of Symbiosis - Visualizing the Termite Hindgut Microbial Community

Article doi: 10.3791/197
May 28th, 2007 Usage Statistics

Summary May 28th, 2007

Jared Leadbetter takes us for a nature walk through the diversity of life resident in the termite hindgut - a microenvironment containing 250 different species found nowhere else on Earth. Jared reveals that the symbiosis exhibited by this system is multi-layered and involves not only a relationship between the termite and its gut inhabitants, but also involves a complex web of symbiosis among the gut microbes themselves.

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