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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 tested whether with aposymbiotic colonies of Zoothamnium niveum whether re-infection occurs with the symbiont Cand. Thiobios zoothamnicoli and/or a close free-living relative ODEIII-6 from shallow-water vents of the Mediterranean Sea, cultivated by our collaboration partners Stefan Sievert and Clarissa Karthaeuser. We collected also samples from various locations for the population genetic analyses.


Monika Bright

Salvador Espada Hinojosa

Lukas Schuster

Clarissa Karthaeuser