Yeasts Harbored by Vespine Wasps in the Pacific Northwest.

  title={Yeasts Harbored by Vespine Wasps in the Pacific Northwest.},
  author={Sebastian Ibarra Jimenez and Cassandra S. Carroll and Tamara Babcock and Nathan Derstine and Alison Hadwin and Margo M. Moore and Gerhard Gries},
  journal={Environmental entomology},
  volume={46 2},
The ecological role of social wasps has been extensively studied, but little is known about symbiotic relationships of these wasps with microbes. Recently, it was shown that vespid wasps in Europe carry yeasts, predominantly Saccharomyces cerevisiae, in their gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Interestingly, this niche allowed for sexual recombination of yeasts to occur and the formation of novel hybrid species. Our goals were 1) to survey the GI tract of eusocial wasps in the Pacific Northwest for… CONTINUE READING
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