Environmental microbiology

Glycan degradation writ large in the ocean

Marine bacteria that produce an enormous panoply of glycan-degrading enzymes are identified as having a role in releasing fixed carbon present in glycan-rich cell walls of brown algae.

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Fig. 1: ‘Lentimonas’ sp. CC4 degradation of fucoidans.


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Cuskin, F., Lowe, E.C. Glycan degradation writ large in the ocean. Nat Microbiol 5, 980–981 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-020-0765-2

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