TitleA molecular survey of Australian and North American termite genera indicates that vertical inheritance is the primary force shaping termite gut microbiomes.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRahman NAbdul, Parks DH, Willner DL, Engelbrektson AL, Goffredi SK, Warnecke F, Scheffrahn RH, Hugenholtz P
JournalMicrobiome
Volume3
Pagination5
Date Published2015
ISSN2049-2618
AbstractTermites and their microbial gut symbionts are major recyclers of lignocellulosic biomass. This important symbiosis is obligate but relatively open and more complex in comparison to other well-known insect symbioses such as the strict vertical transmission of Buchnera in aphids. The relative roles of vertical inheritance and environmental factors such as diet in shaping the termite gut microbiome are not well understood.
DOI10.1186/s40168-015-0067-8

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