Discovery of a new animal parasitic euglenid species in rice fields

Monday, June 5, 2023 - 12:33 in Biology & Nature

A detailed investigation has led to the discovery of a new species of parasitic euglenid found in ostracods and other creatures residing in rice fields. This euglenid has undergone a secondary loss of its photosynthetic capability. The infection rate of this parasite among rice-field animals is extremely high, and it is believed that this parasite can profoundly affect the ecosystem of these rice fields.

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