The Enterobacterium Trabulsiella odontotermitis Presents Novel Adaptations Related to Its Association with Fungus-Growing Termites

@inproceedings{Sapountzis2015TheET,
  title={The Enterobacterium Trabulsiella odontotermitis Presents Novel Adaptations Related to Its Association with Fungus-Growing Termites},
  author={Panagiotis Sapountzis and Thijs Gruntjes and Saria Otani and James Estevez and Rafael R da Costa and Guy Plunkett and Nicole T. Perna and Michael Poulsen},
  booktitle={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2015}
}
Fungus-growing termites rely on symbiotic microorganisms to help break down plant material and to obtain nutrients. Their fungal cultivar, Termitomyces, is the main plant degrader and food source for the termites, while gut bacteria complement Termitomyces in the degradation of foodstuffs, fixation of nitrogen, and metabolism of amino acids and sugars. Due to the community complexity and because these typically anaerobic bacteria can rarely be cultured, little is known about the physiological… CONTINUE READING
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