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Gut microbial communities of social bees [Nature Reviews Microbiology]

Subject terms : entomology, microbial ecology, microbiome, microbiota, symbiosis

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

The gut microbiota can have profound effects on hosts, but the study of these relationships in humans is challenging. The specialized gut microbial community of honey bees is similar to the mammalian microbiota, as both are mostly composed of host-adapted, facultatively anaerobic and microaerophilic bacteria. However, the microbial community of the bee gut is far simpler than the mammalian microbiota, being dominated by only nine bacterial species clusters that are specific to bees and that are transmitted through social interactions between individuals.(...)

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