A simple and distinctive microbiota associated with honey bees and bumble bees.

@article{Martinson2011ASA,
  title={A simple and distinctive microbiota associated with honey bees and bumble bees.},
  author={Vincent G Martinson and Bryan N. Danforth and Robert L. Minckley and Olav Rueppell and Salim Tingek and Nancy A Moran},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2011},
  volume={20 3},
  pages={619-28}
}
Specialized relationships with bacteria often allow animals to exploit a new diet by providing a novel set of metabolic capabilities. Bees are a monophyletic group of Hymenoptera that transitioned to a completely herbivorous diet from the carnivorous diet of their wasp ancestors. Recent culture-independent studies suggest that a set of distinctive bacterial species inhabits the gut of the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Here we survey the gut microbiotae of diverse bee and wasp species to test… CONTINUE READING
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