An Exclusive Contract: Specificity in the Vibrio fischeri-Euprymna scolopes Partnership
http://jb.asm.org/cgi/content/full/182/7/1779

Karen L. Visick, Margaret J. McFall-Ngai, Journal of Bacteriology


This Journal of Bacteriology mini-review explores specificity in the Vibrio fischeri-Euprymna scolopes partnership. Euprymna scolopes hosts a symbiotic colony of the bioluminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri as a sophisticated anti-predation measure. During its nocturnal feeding period, the squid emits light downward and modulates it to match the intensity of moonlight, thus preventing the formation of a telltale shadow on the ocean floor below. Maintenance of this bioluminescent bacterial partner is therefore important for survival of the squid, which has evolved a special organ in the center of its body cavity for promoting growth of the bacteria and controlling the emission of light. This mini-review places the role of specificity in the development of cooperative light organ symbiosis into a conceptual framework. It reviews the nature of the landscape and the scale over which the process of colonization takes place by putting into context the relationship of the bacterial macro-ecology to the micro-ecology of the host's body cavity.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Microscopy
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biosphere:Microbiology, Methods of Microbiology:Microscopy , Biosphere:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism