Genetic diversity in cyanobacterial symbionts of thalloid bryophytes.

@article{Rikkinen2008GeneticDI,
  title={Genetic diversity in cyanobacterial symbionts of thalloid bryophytes.},
  author={Jouko Rikkinen and Viivi Virtanen},
  journal={Journal of experimental botany},
  year={2008},
  volume={59 5},
  pages={
          1013-21
        }
}
Two species of thalloid liverworts, Blasia pusilla and Cavicularia densa, form stable symbioses with nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria. Both bryophytes promote the persistence of their cyanobacterial associations by producing specialized gemmae, which facilitate the simultaneous dispersal of the host and its nitrogen-fixing symbionts. Here the genetic diversity of cyanobacterial symbionts of Blasia and Cavicularia is examined. The results indicate that the primary symbionts of both bryophytes are… CONTINUE READING

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