Sunday, October 08, 2017

Giant bacteria make algae easy to stomach

Symbiotic giant bacteria enable Red Sea surgeonfish to specialize their diets.


​Red Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. Not only do these findings explain the basis of surgeonfish diversity, but they may also provide a valuable genetic resource for biofuel research.

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Image: Acanthurus sohal are reported to feed on either turfing and filamentous red and green algae.
© 2017  Till Rothig and Anna Roik

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