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In Twisted Bacteria, César Sanchez poses the question: Why don't plants have any chlamydial symbionts? He proposes several possible answers and invites further speculation. We suggest you go to his website and post your comments there.
Posted on July 03, 2008 at 02:40 PM in Talmudic Questions, Teachers Corner | Permalink
I guess I'm not so sure that chlamydia are tender. Psittacosis gets around from bird to bird (and occasionally bird to humans) in aerosols, which have to be tough environments especially as they dry out. Getting through plant cell walls is trickier. Has anybody ever tried to infect scratched Arabidopsis leaves with a lot of chlamydia?
-- stan zahler
stan zahler |
July 06, 2008 at 09:52 PM
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