publication . Article . 2013

Host specificity and coevolution of Flavobacteriaceae endosymbionts within the siphonous green seaweed Bryopsis

Hollants, J.; Leliaert, F.; Verbruggen, H.; De Clerck, O.; Willems, A.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
Abstract
The siphonous green seaweed <i>Bryopsis</i> harbors complex intracellular bacterial communities. Previous studies demonstrated that certain species form close, obligate associations with Flavobacteriaceae. A predominant imprint of host evolutionary history on the presence of these bacteria suggests a highly specialized association. In this study we elaborate on previous results by expanding the taxon sampling and testing for host–symbiont coevolution Therefore, we optimized a PCR protocol to directly and specifically amplify Flavobacteriaceae endosymbiont 16S rRNA gene sequences, which allowed us to screen a large number of algal samples without the need for cul...
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Medical Subject Headings: biochemical phenomena, metabolism, and nutritionfungi
free text keywords: Bacteria
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