Project

The intestinal microbiota of pollinators: a treasure chest of novel and unexploited diversity

Duration
01 March 2013 → 31 December 2017
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Microbiology
    • Systems biology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
Keywords
biocontrol microbiota pollinators pathogens
 
Project description

Bumble bees, bees and wasps are key pollinators of plants, yet are threatened by a range of biotic and abiotic factors such as pathogens and climate change. It becomes increasingly clear that for these pollinators too, the gut microbiota can protect and promote growth of their host. We aim to characterize the culturable gut microbiota of a large number of pollinators and to investiga their functional role.