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The CO2-concentrating mechanism of cyanobacteria and evolution by horizontal gene transfer

Rae, Benjamin David


Using a wide range of physiological, bioinformatic and molecular techniques, the contribution of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) to the carbon dioxide-concentrating mechanism (CCM) of cyanobacteria was investigated. The CCM allows cyanobacteria to survive in sub-saturating carbon-dioxide conditions. The carboxysome, which contains most of the RuBisCO in cyanobacterial cells, is a central feature of the CCM. Two types of carboxysome exist, and these are characteristic of two monophyletic groups...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d5157cfbfad7
Access Rights: Open Access


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