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The Ability of Tetrahymena utriculariae (Ciliophora, Oligohymenophorea) to Colonize Traps of Different Species of Aquatic Carnivorous Utricularia.

Authors
  • Sirová, Dagmara1
  • Kreidlová, Veronika2
  • Adamec, Lubomír3
  • Vrba, Jaroslav2
  • 1 Biology Centre CAS, Institute of Hydrobiology, CZ-37005, České Budějovice, Czech Republic. , (Czechia)
  • 2 Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, CZ-37005, České Budějovice, Czech Republic. , (Czechia)
  • 3 Institute of Botany CAS, Dukelská 135, CZ-37982, Třeboň, Czech Republic. , (Czechia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of eukaryotic microbiology
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2020
Volume
67
Issue
5
Pages
608–611
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/jeu.12812
PMID: 32498121
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
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Abstract

The host specificity of the recently described ciliate species Tetrahymena utriculariae was tested in a greenhouse growth experiment, which included 14 different species of aquatic Utricularia as potential host plants. We confirmed the high specificity of the interaction between U. reflexa and T. utriculariae, the former being the only tested host species able to maintain colonization for prolonged time periods. We conclude that this plant-microbe relationship is a unique and specialized form of digestive mutualism and the plant-microbe unit a suitable experimental system for future ecophysiological studies. © 2020 International Society of Protistologists.

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