What is it about?

A characterisation of the bacterial gut microbiota (16S rRNA gene amplicon barcoding, Illumina) in the three major gut compartments (crop, midgut, hindgut) of three litter-feeding cockroaches (Byrsotria rothi, Ergaula capucina, Pycnoscelus surinamensis), combined with longitudinal profiles of intestinal physicochemical properties (pH, redox potential, hydrogen partial pressure)

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Why is it important?

The study supports the narrative that diet is only one of the defining factors that shape gut microbial communities in cockroaches.


Further research on the substrate actually degraded by litter feeders is needed.

Dr. Niclas Lampert
Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

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This page is a summary of: Diet is not the primary driver of bacterial community structure in the gut of litter-feeding cockroaches, BMC Microbiology, October 2019, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1186/s12866-019-1601-9.
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