Layers of Symbiosis - Visualizing the Termite Hindgut Microbial Community

Published 5/28/2007
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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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Leadbetter, J. Layers of Symbiosis - Visualizing the Termite Hindgut Microbial Community. J. Vis. Exp. (4), e197, doi:10.3791/197 (2007).

Abstract

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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  1. I found this video very interesting, highly educative and fun to watch!

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    Posted by: Anonymous
    September 12, 2007 - 7:08 AM
  2. Thank you this was very interesting!

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    Posted by: Wendy P.
    April 18, 2010 - 12:41 PM

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