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The Historical Biogeography Of Phototrophic Consortium, Emma Ciechanowski Jan 2016

The Historical Biogeography Of Phototrophic Consortium, Emma Ciechanowski

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A consortium is a close physical association between microbial cells of different lineage (Liu et al. 2013). The phototrophic consortium is an aggregation of two different lineages of bacteria: one large motile bacterium surrounded by many smaller photosynthetic bacteria. They live in freshwater lakes around the world with varying degrees of morphological differences. Bacteria are historically accepted as a ubiquitous species, meaning that if the environment permits them to live there, they will. This hypothesis was first introduced by Beijerinck and Becking in the early 1900s to describe the distribution of microorganisms, with the official mantra being, “everything is everywhere ...