BMB410Essay#2 - BMB 410 Dr Sally Dixon-Molloy Microbial...

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BMB 410 Dr. Sally Dixon-Molloy Microbial Consortia The role that microbes play in a host of various symbioses has been known for years. Whether it’s a symbiotic relationship between and prokaryote and a eukaryote (such as the various bacteria in the rumen of a cow) or the long standing relationship that helped with the development of eukaryotes (chloroplasts and mitochondria) these relationships are essential for many organisms in any given environment. The tight relationship between some prokaryotes is on another level however. These types of relationships are called consortia. A consortium consists of two or more different microbes closely associated in permanent cell to cell interactions. This type of interaction creates a system of dependence that neither of the microbes can escape and still thrive in their environments. Most consortia that have been identified are found at the chemocline of freshwater lakes. This is due impart to the various microbes that are typically involved in consortia. Both green-sulfur and brown colored (both sulfur oxidizers, names Chlorochromatium and Pelochromatium respectively) microbes are reliant on colorless bacteria and vice
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course BMB 410 taught by Professor Dixon-molloy during the Spring '08 term at University of Maine Orono .

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