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Interactions between bivalve molluscs and bacteria in the marine environment
Prieur, D.; Mével, G.; Nicolas, J.L.; Plusquellec, A.; Vigneulle, M. (1990). Interactions between bivalve molluscs and bacteria in the marine environment. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev. 28: 277-352
In: Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review. Aberdeen University Press/Allen & Unwin: London. ISSN 0078-3218, more
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    Bacteria; Interspecific relationships; Bivalvia [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Prieur, D.
  • Mével, G.
  • Nicolas, J.L.
  • Plusquellec, A.
  • Vigneulle, M.

    The different kinds of interactions between bivalves (edible and nonedible species) and bacteria in the marine environment are reviewed. Bacteria are used as food by adults and larvae, but may also be accumulated within the digestive tract, in a living state. The particular cases of spirochaetes and cellulolytic bacteria are also considered. In coastal areas exposed to urban pollution, accumulation concerns potentially pathogenic bacteria. The accumulation factors, the risks of human diseases, and the standards of control are reviewed. Recent studies concerning symbiotic bacteria found in the gills of deep-sea hydrothermal vent and cold-seep bivalves are described. Similar associations found in bivalves living in coastal sulphide-enriched environments are also presented. Finally, interactions between bivalves and their environment are considered. All these examples clearly indicate that bivalves represent a fascinating model of invertebrate-bacteria interactions, and suggest that bacterial flora associated with marine organisms should be more studied in the future.

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