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FWF research project P24565-B22 Thiotrophic ciliate mutualism between Cand. Thiobios zoothamnicoli and Zoothamnium niveum – cooperation goes empirical


During this stay we cultivated a newly discovered close relative of Zoothamnium niveum, now describes as Zoothamnium ignavum associated with Cand. Navis piranensis. Sample wer collected for 16S and 18S rRNA sequencing and FISH, light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. We also tested for re-infection of aposymbiotic Zoothamnium niveum with extracts of the symbiont. We collected samples from various locations for the population genetic analyses.


Monika Bright

Salvador Espada Hinojosa

Lukas Schuster

Bettina Glasl