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Geosiphon pyriforme (Kützing) von Wettstein, a Promising System for Studying Endocyanoses

  • Manfred Kluge
  • Dieter Mollenhauer
  • Resi Mollenhauer
Part of the Progress in Botany/Fortschritte der Botanik book series (BOTANY, volume 55)

Abstract

Endosymbiotic consortia are fascinating from several aspects. For instance, they are excellent systems for studying the mechanisms behind cell-to-cell recognition, they open promising possibilities of analyzing metabolic and genetic exchange between the partners, and they give insight into the principles of evolution leading to the organelles of the eukaryotic cell. In context with the evolution of the photoautotrophic eucytes, endosymbioses with cyanobacteria acting as one of the partners (i. e., endocyanoses) are particularly interesting. It is a widely accepted view that the plastids have evolved from endosymbiotic cyanobacteria (Sitte and Eschbach 1992; Sitte et al. 1992). Thus, comparative studies carried out on endocyanoses are not only relevant for research on evolution and on symbiosis per se, they can also contribute substantially to deeper insights into the mechanism of photosynthesis, in particular with respect to the question of how the plastids interact with the rest of the cell. Moreover, the ecological conditions for meeting and coexistence of symbiotic partners are also of interest because a better knowledge in this field could help in understanding the environmental prerequisites which have led to the evolution of different types of eukaryotic cells.

Keywords

Fungal Hypha Promise System Symbiotic Partner Subapical Region Partner Relation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manfred Kluge
    • 1
  • Dieter Mollenhauer
    • 2
  • Resi Mollenhauer
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Botanikder Technischen HochschuleDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Außenstelle LochmühleForschungsinstitut SenckenbergBiebergemündGermany

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