Symbiotic digestion of lignocellulose in termite guts

  title={Symbiotic digestion of lignocellulose in termite guts},
  author={A. Brune},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  • A. Brune
  • Published 2014
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Nature Reviews Microbiology
  • Their ability to degrade lignocellulose gives termites an important place in the carbon cycle. This ability relies on their partnership with a diverse community of bacterial, archaeal and eukaryotic gut symbionts, which break down the plant fibre and ferment the products to acetate and variable amounts of methane, with hydrogen as a central intermediate. In addition, termites rely on the biosynthetic capacities of their gut microbiota as a nutritional resource. The mineralization of humus… CONTINUE READING
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