Interactions of Vibrio spp. with Zooplankton.

Publisher:
American Society of Microbiology
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Microbiology spectrum, 2015, 3 (3), pp. 1 - 15
Issue Date:
2015-06
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Members of the genus Vibrio are known to interact with phyto- and zooplankton in aquatic environments. These interactions have been proven to protect the bacterium from various environmental stresses, serve as a nutrient source, facilitate exchange of DNA, and to serve as vectors of disease transmission. This review highlights the impact of Vibrio-zooplankton interactions at the ecosystem scale and the importance of studies focusing on a wide range of Vibrio-zooplankton interactions. The current knowledge on chitin utilization (i.e., chemotaxis, attachment, and degradation) and the role of these factors in attachment to nonchitinous zooplankton is also presented.
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