What metabolizes cellulose?



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    Bacteria is really the only organisms that can break down cellulose. Ruminants (cows and deer) have symbiotic bacteria living in their rumen to help them break down the cellulose. Termites and other wood eating insects also have bacterial symbiotes that help break down the cellulose. Humans cannot digest cellulose and it is often referred to as ‘rough fiber’ by nutritionists.

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