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Carnivorous PlantsPhysiology, ecology, and evolution$
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Aaron Ellison and Lubomír Adamec

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779841

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198779841.001.0001

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The Utricularia-associated microbiome: composition, function, and ecology

The Utricularia-associated microbiome: composition, function, and ecology

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(p.349) Chapter 25 The Utricularia-associated microbiome: composition, function, and ecology
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Carnivorous Plants
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Dagmara Sirová

Jiří Bárta

Jakub Borovec

Jaroslav Vrba

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198779841.003.0025

This chapter reviews current advances regarding plant–microbe interactions in aquatic Utricularia. New findings on the composition and function of trap commensals, based mainly on the advances in molecular methods, are presented in the context of the ecological role of Utricularia-associated microorganisms. Bacteria, fungi, algae, and protozoa colonize the Utricularia trap lumen and form diverse, interactive communities. The involvement of these microbial food webs in the regeneration of nutrients from complex organic matter is explained and their potential contribution to the nutrient acquisition in aquatic Utricularia is discussed. The Utricularia–commensal system is suggested to be a suitable model system for studying plant-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions and related ecological questions.

Keywords:   Algae, bacteria, food web, fungi, microbial activity, nutrient regeneration, periphyton, protozoa, Tetrahymena utriculariae, Utricularia

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