Discovery of symbiotic nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria in corals.

@article{Lesser2004DiscoveryOS,
  title={Discovery of symbiotic nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria in corals.},
  author={Michael P. Lesser and Charles H. Mazel and Maxim Y. Gorbunov and Paul G. Falkowski},
  journal={Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={305 5686},
  pages={
          997-1000
        }
}
  • Michael P. Lesser, Charles H. Mazel, +1 author Paul G. Falkowski
  • Published in Science 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Colonies of the Caribbean coral Montastraea cavernosa exhibit a solar-stimulated orange-red fluorescence that is spectrally similar to a variety of fluorescent proteins expressed by corals. The source of this fluorescence is phycoerythrin in unicellular, nonheterocystis, symbiotic cyanobacteria within the host cells of the coral. The cyanobacteria coexist with the symbiotic dinoflagellates (zooxanthellae) of the coral and express the nitrogen-fixing enzyme nitrogenase. The presence of this… CONTINUE READING

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