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Symbioses Galore

  • Yiannis Manetas
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Abstract

Symbioses, ranging from the honest coexistence of mutual benefit to parasitism, are evident in all organisms. In this chapter, various kinds of symbioses involving plants are described, with emphasis on two cases of global importance: those between some plants and nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and those between most plants and fungi. Moreover, the unique case of a moving animal with acquired photosynthetic capacity is presented: the marine slug Elysia chlorotica recruits and maintains in its body algal chloroplasts.

Keywords

Symbiotic Relationship Parasitic Plant Extrafloral Nectary Atmospheric Nitrogen Fixation Inorganic Nitrogen Form 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yiannis Manetas
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece

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