Coexistence of multiple proteobacterial endosymbionts in the gills of the wood-boring Bivalve Lyrodus pedicellatus (Bivalvia: Teredinidae).

@article{Distel2002CoexistenceOM,
  title={Coexistence of multiple proteobacterial endosymbionts in the gills of the wood-boring Bivalve Lyrodus pedicellatus (Bivalvia: Teredinidae).},
  author={Daniel L Distel and D J Beaudoin and Wendy Morrill},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2002},
  volume={68 12},
  pages={6292-9}
}
Wood-boring bivalves of the family Teredinidae (commonly called shipworms) are known to harbor dense populations of gram-negative bacteria within specialized cells (bacteriocytes) in their gills. These symbionts are thought to provide enzymes, e.g., cellulase and dinitrogenase, which assist the host in utilizing wood as a primary food source. A cellulolytic, dinitrogen-fixing bacterium, Teredinibacter turnerae, has been isolated from the gill tissues of numerous teredinid bivalves and has been… CONTINUE READING

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