Special joint ventures occur in communities of mixed populations. A sluggish, ancient fermenting bacterium and a small, swimming, spirochete-like bacterium may have formed a particularly brilliant partnership.
Spirochetes, speedsters of the microbial world, arrive quickly at food sources. Their corkscrew bodies move perfectly through seaside muds, the viscous insides of animals, and all around our gums. Spirochetes have neither head nor tail until they attach to something. Seeping a sticky substance, individuals and often groups easily tack directly onto a larger microbe.
The adhered spirochetes enjoy the microbe’s byproducts in exchange for providing their partner with fast and easy transport toward food.
University of Montana--Missoula. Environmental Studies Program
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Liebes, Sid; Mittelstadt, Laurie; Waugh, Barbara; and Brynes, Lois, "Panel 25: Joint Ventures" (1997). A Walk Through Time - From Stardust To Us. 25.