Part of the book: The Importance of Biological Interactions in the Study of Biodiversity
In symbiotic associations, there is a constant molecular complexity that allows establishment and maintenance of the relationship. Metabolomic profiles have enabled researchers to explain symbiotic associations in terms of their underlying molecules and interactions between the symbiotic partners. In this review, we have selected studies on symbioses as examples that have helped to explain the metabolic integration of bacterial symbionts and their hosts in an effort to understand the molecular fingerprint of animal-microbial symbioses.
Part of the book: Metabolomics