Characterization of the Kenyan honey bee (Apis mellifera) gut microbiota

Abstract:

Gut microbiota plays important roles in many physiological processes of the host including digestion, protection, detoxification, and development of immune responses. The honey bee (Apis mellifera) has emerged as model for gut-microbiota host interaction studies due to its gut microbiota being highly conserved and having a simple composition. A key gap in this model is understanding how the microbiome differs regionally, including sampling from the tropics and in particular from Africa. The African region is important from the perspective of the native diversity of the bees, and differences in landscape and bee management. Here, we characterized the honey bee gut microbiota in sub-Saharan Africa using 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing. We confirm the presence of the core gut microbiota members and highlight different compositions of these communities across regions. We found that bees from the coastal regions harbor a higher relative abundance and diversity on core members. Additionally, we showed that Gilliamella, Snodgrassella, and Frischella dominate in all locations, and that altitude and humidity affect Gilliamella abundance. In contrast, we found that Lactobacillus was less common compared temperate regions of the world. This study is a first comprehensive characterization of the gut microbiota of honey bees from sub-Saharan Africa and underscores the need to study microbiome diversity in other indigenous bee species and regions.
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APA

Y.H, T (2024). Characterization of the Kenyan honey bee (Apis mellifera) gut microbiota. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/characterization-of-the-kenyan-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-gut-microbiota

MLA 8th

Y.H, Tola "Characterization of the Kenyan honey bee (Apis mellifera) gut microbiota" Afribary. Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/characterization-of-the-kenyan-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-gut-microbiota. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

MLA7

Y.H, Tola . "Characterization of the Kenyan honey bee (Apis mellifera) gut microbiota". Afribary, Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024. Web. 30 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/characterization-of-the-kenyan-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-gut-microbiota >.

Chicago

Y.H, Tola . "Characterization of the Kenyan honey bee (Apis mellifera) gut microbiota" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 30, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/characterization-of-the-kenyan-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-gut-microbiota