Corpus ID: 26038391

[Diversity and function of symbiotic microbes in the gut of lower termites].

  title={[Diversity and function of symbiotic microbes in the gut of lower termites].},
  author={Hong Yang and Jian-xin Peng and Kai-yu Liu and H. Hong},
  journal={Wei sheng wu xue bao = Acta microbiologica Sinica},
  volume={46 3},
The gut of lower termites harbor a complex microbial community, including eukaryotic flagellates and prokaryotic bacteria and archaea, which play important roles in the wood-cellulose digestion of these termites. The hindguts of lower termites are characterized with an enlarged paunch with steep oxygen and hydrogen gradient and not randomly distributed abundant microorganisms. The symbiotic flagellates in the gut of lower termites, which are normally associated with epibionts or endobionts, are… Expand
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