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Sponge-microbe associations and their importance for sponge bioprocess engineering

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.

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Author(s): Burgess JG; Osinga R; Armstrong E; Hoffman F; Reitner J; Schumann-Kindel G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Hydrobiologia

Year: 2001

Volume: 461

Issue: 1-3

Pages: 55-62

ISSN (print): 0018-8158

ISSN (electronic): 1573-5117

Publisher: Springer Netherlands


DOI: 10.1023/A:1012717200362


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