Identification of metabolically active bacteria in the gut of the generalist Spodoptera littoralis via DNA stable isotope probing using 13C-glucose.

@article{Shao2013IdentificationOM,
  title={Identification of metabolically active bacteria in the gut of the generalist Spodoptera littoralis via DNA stable isotope probing using 13C-glucose.},
  author={Yongqi Shao and Erika M. Arias-Cordero and Willhelm Boland},
  journal={Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE},
  year={2013},
  volume={81},
  pages={e50734}
}
Guts of most insects are inhabited by complex communities of symbiotic nonpathogenic bacteria. Within such microbial communities it is possible to identify commensal or mutualistic bacteria species. The latter ones, have been observed to serve multiple functions to the insect, i.e. helping in insect reproduction(1), boosting the immune response(2… CONTINUE READING