Diversity of diazotrophic gut inhabitants of pikas (Ochotonidae) revealed by PCR-DGGE analysis

Abstract

Diazotrophic gut symbionts are considered to act as nitrogen providers for their hosts, as was shown for various termite species. Although the diet of lagomorphs, like pikas or rabbits, is very poor in nitrogen and energy, their fecal matter contains 30–40% of protein. Since our hypothesis was that pikas maintained a diazotrophic consortium in their… (More)
DOI: 10.1134/S0026261714010068

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