Symbiotic bacteria digest cellulose with the help of enzymes.
"Those that have become specialist leaf-feeders can only extract nourishment from it by enlisting the aid of a very different kind of living organism--bacteria. They, unlike any animal, can digest cellulose." (Attenborough 1995: 58)
Learn more about this functional adaptation.
- Attenborough, D. 1995. The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behavior. London: BBC Books. 320 p.
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