BIS2C_Lect26_Ward_Development___Sponges_ppt

2 sponges have potent biochemical defenses biotoxins 1

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Unformatted text preview: de physical deterrent. (2) Sponges have potent biochemical defenses (biotoxins). (1) Sponge spicules provide physical deterrent. (2) Sponges have potent biochemical defenses (biotoxins). (3) They use antimicrobial agents to prevent infection by microbes. Sponge features: biology Sponges are often dominant organisms in marine benthic environments, and experience limited predation. Why? (1) Sponge spicules provide physical deterrent. (2) Sponges have potent biochemical defenses (biotoxins). (3) They use antimicrobial agents to prevent infection by microbes. (4) They employ chemical warfare (chemical repellants) against organisms that compete for space with them. Sponge features: biology So, sponges are very well defended chemically. Spinoff for humans: natural products from sponges have potential pharmacological use (e.g., as anti-inflammatory, antitumor, and antibiotic agents). Compounds that sponges produce are used for anti-inflammatory, antitumor, and antibiotic agents Sponge features: biology Sponge features: biology Symbiotic relationships with other organi...
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