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TEM Observations of Chemosynthetic Bacteria in the Deep-sea Hydrothermal Vents and Seep Organisms
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  • Journal title : Ocean and Polar Research
  • Volume 24, Issue 3,  2002, pp.215-223
  • Publisher : Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology
  • DOI : 10.4217/OPR.2002.24.3.215
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TEM Observations of Chemosynthetic Bacteria in the Deep-sea Hydrothermal Vents and Seep Organisms
Kim, Dong-Sung; Ohta, Suguru;
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Symbiosis of chemoautrophic bacteria with the members of hydrothermal vent and cold seep communities in the deep-sea were examined by histology using transmission electron microscopy; Bathymodiolus spp. from Sagami Bay, the Iheya Ridge and the North Fiji Basin; and Ifremeria nautilei from the North Fiji Basin. Two species of Bathymodiolus, each from Sagami Bay and the Iheya Ridge harbored methane-oxidizing symbionts within their gill tissues. Vent gastropod Ifremeria nautilei from the hydrothermal vents of the North Fiji Basin housed two types of symbionts; one sulfur-oxidizing type and the other methane-oxidizing type. The occurrence of chemosynthetic symbionts in these organisms were expected before-hand based on the ecological observations of their habit. The other members of these groups from world oceans and the recent advances in the symbiosis of the vent and seep communities were reviewed.
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