Fraction of termite energy requirement that is provided by microbial acetogenesis in termite guts

Value >= Unitless Range: 1/3 Unitless
Organism Termite
Reference Nardi JB, Mackie RI, Dawson JO. Could microbial symbionts of arthropod guts contribute significantly to nitrogen fixation in terrestrial ecosystems? J Insect Physiol. 2002 Aug48(8):751-763. p.754 left column 3rd paragraphPubMed ID12770053
Primary Source Breznak, J.A., 2000. Ecology of prokaryotic microbes in the guts of wood- and litter-feeding termites. In: Abe, T., Bignell, D.E., Higashi, M. (Eds.), Termites: Evolution, Sociality, Symbioses, Ecology. Kluwer Academic, Dordrect, Netherlands, pp. 209–231.
Comments Microbial acetogenesis in termite guts has been demonstrated to provide at least one third of the energy requirements of termites (primary source).
Entered by Uri M
ID 106608