Deceptively simple: Minute marine animals live in a sophisticated symbiosis with bacteria

(Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology) Trichoplax, one of the simplest animals on Earth, lives in a highly specific and intimate symbiosis with two types of bacteria. One, Grellia, is related to parasitic bacteria that cause typhus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. However, it does not appear to harm Trichoplax. The other, Ruthmannia, sits inside the cells Trichoplax uses to digest its food. This symbiosis provides a window into microbial dark matter. The study is published in Nature Microbiology.

Deceptively simple: Minute marine animals live in a sophisticated symbiosis with bacteria

Trichoplax is one of the simplest animals, resembling a shapeless blob. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, the University of Hawaii and North ...

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