Symbionts as Major Modulators of Insect Health: Lactic Acid Bacteria and Honeybees

@inproceedings{Vsquez2012SymbiontsAM,
  title={Symbionts as Major Modulators of Insect Health: Lactic Acid Bacteria and Honeybees},
  author={Alejandra V{\'a}squez and Eva Forsgren and Ingemar Fries and Robert J Paxton and Emilie Flaberg and L{\'a}szl{\'o} Sz{\'e}kely and Tobias C. Olofsson},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2012}
}
Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are well recognized beneficial host-associated members of the microbiota of humans and animals. Yet LAB-associations of invertebrates have been poorly characterized and their functions remain obscure. Here we show that honeybees possess an abundant, diverse and ancient LAB microbiota in their honey crop with beneficial effects for bee health, defending them against microbial threats. Our studies of LAB in all extant honeybee species plus related apid bees reveal one… CONTINUE READING
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