Examples of Symbiosis
VIEW OPTIONS View All Slides POP-OUT PLAYER OPEN PRESENTATION MODE mutualism—a symbiotic relationship where both organisms benefit understand the day-to-day lives and ecological relationships of different species. discuss the benefits of studying animal behavior and ecological interactions without. There are three different types of symbiotic relationships: mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. Mutualism: both partners benefit. An example of In the tropical regions of Africa, the crocodile lies with its mouth open. The plover Commensalism: only one species benefits while the other is neither helped nor harmed. Sloth hair is long and coarse and depending on the species can contain that algae in particular form a symbiotic relationship with the sloth.
These delicate relationships are the product of long years of co-evolution. Bacteria were the first living things on the planet, and all of Earth's other creatures have been living and evolving with them for hundreds of millions of years. Today, microbes are essential for many organisms' basic functions, including nourishment, reproduction, and protection. Microbes Can Alter Behavior Toxoplasma is a parasitic protist that can infect a range of animals, including mice, rats, and people.
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But to reproduce sexually, it must infect a cat. In an amazing and complex relationship, the parasite enters the brain of infected rodents, where it changes the host's behavior, making it more likely to be caught and eaten by a cat!
Mice infected with toxoplasma lose their fear of cats. They are more active, and more likely to spend time exploring open spaces. In one study, male rats were actually attracted to the smell of cat urine.
Once inside the cat, the protist enters cells in the intestinal wall, reproduces sexually, and releases cysts that are carried out with the cat's feces. From there, the cysts are picked up and eaten by the next host.
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Infected people behave differently too. Toxoplasma infection is correlated with mental conditions including schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and autism. The link between toxoplasma infection and schizophrenia is stronger than for any single gene identified to date. Microbes May Help Drive Evolution Different types of wolbachia bacteria infect a range of animals that include insects and roundworms.
In some species, the bacteria cause sexual incompatibility. Batesian mimicry is an exploitative three-party interaction where one species, the mimic, has evolved to mimic another, the model, to deceive a third, the dupe.
In terms of signalling theorythe mimic and model have evolved to send a signal; the dupe has evolved to receive it from the model. This is to the advantage of the mimic but to the detriment of both the model, whose protective signals are effectively weakened, and of the dupe, which is deprived of an edible prey.
For example, a wasp is a strongly-defended model, which signals with its conspicuous black and yellow coloration that it is an unprofitable prey to predators such as birds which hunt by sight; many hoverflies are Batesian mimics of wasps, and any bird that avoids these hoverflies is a dupe. Amensalism is an asymmetric interaction where one species is harmed or killed by the other, and one is unaffected by the other.
Competition is where a larger or stronger organism deprives a smaller or weaker one from a resource.
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Antagonism occurs when one organism is damaged or killed by another through a chemical secretion. An example of competition is a sapling growing under the shadow of a mature tree.
The mature tree can rob the sapling of necessary sunlight and, if the mature tree is very large, it can take up rainwater and deplete soil nutrients. Throughout the process, the mature tree is unaffected by the sapling. Indeed, if the sapling dies, the mature tree gains nutrients from the decaying sapling.
An example of antagonism is Juglans nigra black walnutsecreting juglone, a substance which destroys many herbaceous plants within its root zone.