Termite symbiotic systems: efficient bio-recycling of lignocellulose

  title={Termite symbiotic systems: efficient bio-recycling of lignocellulose},
  author={Moriya Ohkuma},
  journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology},
  • M. Ohkuma
  • Published 14 January 2003
  • Biology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Termites thrive in great abundance in terrestrial ecosystems and play important roles in biorecycling of lignocellulose. Together with their microbial symbionts, they efficiently decompose lignocellulose. In so-called lower termites, a dual decomposing system, consisting of the termite's own cellulases and those of its gut protists, was elucidated at the molecular level. Higher termites degrade cellulose apparently using only their own enzymes, because of the absence of symbiotic protists… 

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