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syntrophism

[′sin·trə‚fiz·əm]
(biology)
Mutual dependence of cells for nutritional needs, especially between strains of bacteria.
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In sections on fundamentals, applications, and challenges toward sustainability, they consider such topics as syntrophy in anaerobic digestion, applying meta-genomics in environmental anaerobic technology, modeling anaerobic digestion processes, anaerobic sewage treatment in Latin America, and the role of anaerobic digestion in increasing the energy efficiency and energy output of sugar cane distilleries.
Since the anaerobic oxidation of propionate could not be completed spontaneously, its degradation generally depends on the syntrophy between POB and methanogens under methanogenic environments (Schink and Stams, 2006; Tatara et al., 2008).
In this sense, the bacterial genome points to a "complementarity and syntrophy between the host and the symbiont" (Shigenobu et at, 2000).