Investigating the Microbial Community in the Termite Hindgut - Interview

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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.

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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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  1. 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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    June 11, 2008 - 11:12 PM

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