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Bugs in bugs: the microbial diversity of the termite gut.

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Title:Bugs in bugs: the microbial diversity of the termite gut.
Authors:Husseneder, Claudia
Wise, Billy R.
Higashiguchi, Dennis T.
Coptotermes formosanus
genetic techniques and protocols
intestinal microorganisms
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Date Issued:Dec 2007
Publisher:Hawaiian Entomological Society
Citation:Husseneder C, Wise BR, Higashiguchi DT. 2007. Bugs in bugs: the microbial diversity of the termite gut. Proc Hawaiian Entomol Soc 39:143-144.
Abstract:The Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae), is dependent on its microbial gut community. The gut flora
consists of three species of protists and an unknown number of bacteria species, which
play a key role in physiology, nutrition and gut ecology of the termite host. Because C. formosanus depends on its gut flora for survival, alternative termite control strategies could be devised using the gut flora of termites as tools and targets
for termite control. However, before such strategies can be developed, detailed knowledge about the microbial diversity in the termite gut is sorely needed. In this study, we used culture-independent 16S rRNA gene sequencing in conjunction with
classical culture methods to describe the microbial diversity in the gut of C. formosanus.
Appears in Collections: Volume 39 - December 2007 : Hawaiian Entomological Society

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