Genomics and host specialization of honey bee and bumble bee gut symbionts.

@article{Kwong2014GenomicsAH,
  title={Genomics and host specialization of honey bee and bumble bee gut symbionts.},
  author={Waldan K Kwong and Philipp Engel and Hauke Koch and Nancy A Moran},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2014},
  volume={111 31},
  pages={11509-14}
}
Gilliamella apicola and Snodgrassella alvi are dominant members of the honey bee (Apis spp.) and bumble bee (Bombus spp.) gut microbiota. We generated complete genomes of the type strains G. apicola wkB1(T) and S. alvi wkB2(T) (isolated from Apis), as well as draft genomes for four other strains from Bombus. G. apicola and S. alvi were found to occupy very different metabolic niches: The former is a saccharolytic fermenter, whereas the latter is an oxidizer of carboxylic acids. Together, they… CONTINUE READING
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