Sociobiology of biodegradation and the role of predatory protozoa in biodegrading communities

@article{Modak2007SociobiologyOB,
  title={Sociobiology of biodegradation and the role of predatory protozoa in biodegrading communities},
  author={Tejashree Modak and Shalmali Avinash Pradhan and Milind Watve},
  journal={Journal of Biosciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={32},
  pages={775-780}
}
Predatory protozoa are known to enhance biodegradation by bacteria in a variety of systems including rumen. This is apparently counterintuitive since many protozoa do not themselves produce extracellular degradative enzymes and prey upon bacterial degraders. We propose a mechanism of protozoal enhancement of bacterial biodegradation based on the sociobiology of biodegradation. Since extracellular enzyme production by degraders involves a cost to the bacterial cell, cheaters that do not make the… CONTINUE READING