Bacteroidetes

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Bacteroidetes are found in several different niches such as the soil, salt water and fresh water[1]. They are also very important members of the microbiota of many species and are particularly prevalent in the gastrointestinal tract. Bacteroidetes are necessary for the degradation of large polymers such as protein and carbohydrates in the gut and these species are thought to evolve due to pressure from the host's change in diet[2].

References

  1. Front Microbiol. 2011 May 30;2:93 Thomas F1, Hehemann JH, Rebuffet E, Czjzek M, Michel G.
  2. PLoS Biol. 2011 Dec;9(12):e1001221 Martens EC1, Lowe EC, Chiang H, Pudlo NA, Wu M, McNulty NP, Abbott DW, Henrissat B, Gilbert HJ, Bolam DN, Gordon JI.
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