Lookup NU author(s): Professor Grant Burgess
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In recent years, a large diversity of sponge-microbe associations has been described: sponges can harbour archaea, eubacteria (including cyanobacteria), microalgae, fungi and probably also protozoa. The current paper gives a brief overview of the different types of associations and describes the potential influence of symbiotic micro-organisms on bioprocess design for the biotechnological production of sponge-associated natural compounds. It is concluded that the presence of microsymbionts may further complicate the already tedious development of sponge culturing techniques.
Author(s): Burgess JG; Osinga R; Armstrong E; Hoffman F; Reitner J; Schumann-Kindel G
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
ISSN (print): 0018-8158
ISSN (electronic): 1573-5117
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
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