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What are symbionts?
Asked in Animal Behavior
What function do human intestinal bacterial symbionts serve?
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Reptiles, Turtles and Tortoises, Care of Turtles, DIY Projects, Food Poisoning and Foodborne Illness, Salmonellosis
How do you know if your turtle has salmonella?
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What is the longest winning streak in the western hockey league?
Asked in Relationships, Friendship, Family
Two mutualistic relationships that fungi form with each other?
Asked in Ecosystems, Producers (food chain)
Are sponges producers in the marine ecosystem?
Although some sponge species do host symbiotic photosynthetic microorganisms (cyanobacteria and dinoflagellates are common symbionts), sponges are heterotrophic animals that respire massive amounts of organic carbon in both particulate and dissolved forms. So, simply put, sponges are net consumers in marine ecosystems, even the animals which may host symbiotic producers consume more than their symbionts produce.
Asked in Ecosystems, Mycology or Fungi
What is usually the role of fungi in an ecosystem?
Asked in Botany or Plant Biology
What must happen for plants to use nitrogen in the atmosphere?
Asked in Botany or Plant Biology
How does a lichen demonstrate mutualism?
Mutualism is a symbioses where both partners (symbionts) gain fitness (+/+). Fitness is the success of reproduction of an organism with 1 = breeding and 0 = not breeding. The symbionts that constitute Lichens are a fungus (mycobiont) and alga (photobiont). The association has allowed the lichen fungi and lichen alga to thrive in areas neither could survive in alone and successfully avoid competition. Specifically the fungus gains energy from the photobiont and the alga gains protection from radiation and desiccation which prevents drying out and may be able to obtain salts from the mycobiont. As both smbionts have gained the relationship is considered to be mutualistic. However, it could be argued that the relationship is controlled parasitic as the photobiont is 'incarcerated' by the mycobiont and not a partner.
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What has the author Michael Robert Conover written?
Asked in Corals and Coral Reefs
Explain the relationship between algae and coral?
Many corals (usually called zooxanthellate corals) contain an algae called zooxanthellae. The zooxanthellae are called symbionts, as they live inside the coral and provide a service. The zooxanthellae produce sugar that feeds the coral animal, and the coral provides nitrogen and physical safety to the algae.
Asked in Health, Animal Life, Mycology or Fungi
What are 3 charactoristics that fungi have in common?
Asked in Wasps and Hornets, Monkeys, Ecosystems
Is there a wasp that is in a symbiotic relationship?
Recently scientists found that a solitary ground-nesting wasp, the European beewolf wasp, harbors Streptomyces bacteria on its antennae and that the wasp uses these bacterial symbionts to protect the wasp larvae against pathogenic fungi. This would be a commensal relationship, where the wasps benefit, but the bacteria are not affected one way or the other.
Asked in Ecosystems, Producers (food chain), Beets
Is a beet a producer?
Yes, Beets are "Producers" Most plants are autotrophic, meaning they "produce" harness some nonliving form of energy to make their own nutrients from raw materials, e.g. CO2 and water. Entities in ecosystems are categorized in major groups of Producer vs. Consumer. There are subgroups such as Chemotrophs, Parasites, Carnivores, Herbivores, Symbionts, Omnivores, Decomposers, etc.
Asked in Microbiology, Mycology or Fungi
How do fungi contribute to an ecosystem?
Fungi contribute to the ecosystem because they serve as decomposers and symbionts. Fungi keep nutrients for plants in the ecosystem instead of being locked in organic matter. Decomposers free elements essential to life like carbon and nitrogen. Plants and animals would be severely inhibited and starve because these element would not be recycled back to the environment.
Asked in Digestive System
What does feces do in the digestive system?
It doesn't "do" much of anything; it's what's left over after the nutrients have been extracted. A substantial amount of feces is also composed of the remains of bacteria that live in the gut, and these do do (no pun intended) something; they're symbionts that break down molecules that we can't ourselves, or in some cases even produce vital nutrients ... vitamin B12 is a good example.