The distribution and diversity of Euryarchaeota in termite guts
Purdy, Kevin J. (2007) The distribution and diversity of Euryarchaeota in termite guts. Advances in Applied Microbiology, Volume 62 . pp. 63-80. ISSN 0065-2164Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0065-2164(07)62003-6
The Euryarchaeota are a critical component of all termite guts, acting as hydrogen sinks in both lower and higher termites. In lower termites and in the wood- and fungus-feeding higher termites, the role of the methanogens appears to be to mop up trace hydrogen. In the soil-feeding higher termites, methanogenesis lies at the heart of termite nutrition and represents an essential gut process. New analyses of termite evolution suggest that the evolution of the higher termites probably occurred via an externalization of the gut in the fungus-feeding Macrotermitinae followed by the evolution of soil-feeding. It is plausible that a first step in this process would have been the acquisition of a Methanomicrobiales strain that had the potential to reduce hydrogen partial pressures to levels that allowed the effective exploitation of soil organic matter.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Q Science > QR Microbiology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Life Sciences (2010- ) > Biological Sciences ( -2010)|
|Series Name:||ADVANCES IN APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Advances in Applied Microbiology|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 63-80|
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