As the worm turns: the earthworm gut as a transient habitat for soil microbial biomes.

@article{Drake2007AsTW,
  title={As the worm turns: the earthworm gut as a transient habitat for soil microbial biomes.},
  author={Harold L Drake and Marcus A. Horn},
  journal={Annual review of microbiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={61},
  pages={
          169-89
        }
}
  • H. Drake, M. Horn
  • Published 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Annual review of microbiology
The gut of the earthworm constitutes a mobile anoxic microzone to which the microorganisms of aerated soils are subjected. During gut passage, the in situ factors of the earthworm gut, which include anoxia and high concentrations of organic substrates, appear to greatly stimulate a subset of ingested soil microorganisms, including denitrifying and fermentative bacteria. The selective stimulation of ingested soil microbes by the unique microconditions of the earthworm gut (a) results in the in… Expand
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