Metagenomic Insights into Metabolic Capacities of the Gut Microbiota in a Fungus-Cultivating Termite (Odontotermes yunnanensis)

@inproceedings{Liu2013MetagenomicII,
  title={Metagenomic Insights into Metabolic Capacities of the Gut Microbiota in a Fungus-Cultivating Termite (Odontotermes yunnanensis)},
  author={Ning Liu and Lei Zhang and Haokui Zhou and Meiling Zhang and Xing E. Yan and Qian Wang and Yanhua Long and Lei Xie and Shengyue Wang and Yongping Huang and Zhihua Zhou},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2013}
}
Macrotermitinae (fungus-cultivating termites) are major decomposers in tropical and subtropical areas of Asia and Africa. They have specifically evolved mutualistic associations with both a Termitomyces fungi on the nest and a gut microbiota, providing a model system for probing host-microbe interactions. Yet the symbiotic roles of gut microbes residing in its major feeding caste remain largely undefined. Here, by pyrosequencing the whole gut metagenome of adult workers of a fungus-cultivating… CONTINUE READING