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dc.contributor.authorTietbohl, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorNgugi, David Kamanda
dc.contributor.authorBerumen, Michael L.
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-22T06:43:51Z
dc.date.available2021-02-22T06:43:51Z
dc.date.issued2020-05-29
dc.date.submitted2019-07-01
dc.identifier.citationTietbohl, M. D., Ngugi, D. K., & Berumen, M. L. (2020). A Unique Bellyful: Extraordinary Gut Microbes Help Herbivorous Fish Eat Seaweeds. Frontiers for Young Minds, 8. doi:10.3389/frym.2020.00058
dc.identifier.issn2296-6846
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/frym.2020.00058
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/667555
dc.description.abstractAll animals rely on a unique community of microbes to help digest food. This is especially true for plant-eating animals, which need a complex mix of gut bacteria, also known as microbes, to digest the tough plant material they eat. However, when it comes to herbivorous animals in the sea, like some fish, we know much less about the role microbes play in helping to digest food. Marine algae, better known as seaweeds, are unlike land plants in many ways, so herbivorous fish species likely have unique ways of digesting them. Therefore, we investigated the gut microbes in several herbivorous fishes in the Red Sea to see how they help fish digest algae. Surprisingly, we found that even though these fish had unique gut microbe communities, all were made up by varieties of one type of giant bacteria that appears to have evolved to help them digest their favorite algae!
dc.publisherFrontiers Media SA
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/frym.2020.00058/full
dc.rightsThis is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.titleA Unique Bellyful: Extraordinary Gut Microbes Help Herbivorous Fish Eat Seaweeds
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science Program
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.contributor.departmentReef Ecology Lab
dc.identifier.journalFrontiers for Young Minds
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDF
dc.contributor.institutionLeibniz Institute DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH Department of Microorganisms, Braunschweig, Germany.
dc.identifier.volume8
kaust.personTietbohl, Matthew
kaust.personBerumen, Michael L.
dc.date.accepted2020-03-27
refterms.dateFOA2021-02-22T06:45:16Z


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