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Complete genome sequence of Vibrio fischeri: A symbiotic bacterium with pathogenic congeners part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PNAS scholarly article reports the genome sequence of V. fischeri ES114, which enters into a mutualistic symbiosis in the light organ of the bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes. V. fischeri belongs ...

Shedding Light on the Bioluminescence "Paradox" part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This ASM News article explores biochemistry, genetics, and cell density-dependent regulation of bacterial bioluminescence, addressing the question: What good is it to bioluminescent bacteria? The ...

Honor thy symbionts part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PNAS scholarly article explores the extraordinarily complex and dynamic environmentally transmitted consortial symbiosis of the human intestine. It analyzes the molecular foundations of ...

Diversity of the Human Intestinal Microbial Flora part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Science Magazine scholarly article explores gut microbial diversity by examining prokaryotic ribosomal RNA gene sequences from multiple colonic mucosal sites and feces of healthy humans. The ...

Census of the Bacterial Community of the Gypsy Moth Larval Midgut by Using Culturing and Culture-Independent Methods part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Applied and Environmental Microbiology scholarly article examines the bacteria associated with Lepidoptera, the large group of insects comprising moths and butterflies. It provides an inventory ...

New rfp- and pES213-Derived Tools for Analyzing Symbiotic Vibrio fischeri Reveal Patterns of Infection and lux Expression In Situ part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This AEM scholarly article examines two limitations to studying the in situ symbiosis of Euprymna scolopes, or bobtail squid, and Vibrio fischeri. Current molecular studies of this symbiosis lack ...

Vibrio fischeri lux Genes Play an Important Role in Colonization and Development of the Host Light Organ part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Journal of Bacteriology scholarly article examines the role of luminescence (lux) genes in the initiation and persistence of mutualistic symbiosis between Vibrio fischeri the squid Euprymna ...

Confocal microscopy of the light organ crypts in juvenile Euprymna scolopes reveals their morphological complexity and dynamic function in symbiosis part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Journal of Morphology scholarly article uses confocal microscopy to study the epithelial crypts within a specialized light organ of the Hawaiian bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes. In the hours to ...

Bacterial bioluminescence: its control and ecological significance part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This Microbiological Reviews scholarly article (23-page PDF) presents an overview of data relevant to the ecology of bioluminescent bacteria and the functional importance of light emission. The ...