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Rotten Log Lab - Background
In addition, I was able to show them an amazing symbiotic relationship between termites and protozoa. Termites eat wood but cannot completely digest the wood on their own. Many varieties of protozoa, single celled animals with amazingly varied modes of locomotion, live in the termites hindgut and help digest the cellulose in the wood. They attach themselves to the inner wall of the termite’s gut to keep from being excreted with undigested wood particles. In return for their invaluable services, the protozoa get a nice, safe home and a constant supply of food.