The endosymbiotic theory, which has proved to explain the origin of mitochondria and chloroplasts, also posits the origin of nucleus and other cellular organelles that could have derived from ancient relationships among bacteria. It seems that prédation might have been a prerequisite to the establishment of symbiosis as a source of evolutionary novelty. This review describes current different examples of bacteria able not only to attack and degrade other bacteria, but also to establish stable symbiotic relationships with different eukaryotic organisms. © Springer-Verlag 1999.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1999|
- Bacteria-animals relationships
- Bacteria-plants relationships
- Bacteria-protists relationships
- Bacterial endosymbiosis
- Microbial prédation