Symbiosis insights through metagenomic analysis of a microbial consortium

  title={Symbiosis insights through metagenomic analysis of a microbial consortium},
  author={Tanja Woyke and Hanno Teeling and Natalia N. Ivanova and Marcel Huntemann and Michael Richter and Frank Oliver Gloeckner and Dario Boffelli and Iain Anderson and Kerrie W. Barry and Harris Shapiro and Ernest Szeto and Nikos C. Kyrpides and Marc Mu{\ss}mann and Rudolf I. Amann and Claudia Bergin and Caroline Ruehland and Edward M. Rubin and Nicole Dubilier},
Symbioses between bacteria and eukaryotes are ubiquitous, yet our understanding of the interactions driving these associations is hampered by our inability to cultivate most host-associated microbes. Here we use a metagenomic approach to describe four co-occurring symbionts from the marine oligochaete Olavius algarvensis, a worm lacking a mouth, gut and nephridia. Shotgun sequencing and metabolic pathway reconstruction revealed that the symbionts are sulphur-oxidizing and sulphate-reducing… 

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