Project

Dynamics and functional role of gut microbiota in bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) in their natural environment

Duration
01 January 2013 → 31 December 2018
Funding
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Microbiology
    • Systems biology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
Keywords
functionality metagenomics gut microbiota bumblebees
 
Project description

In the present project, we aim to characterize the bumblebee gut microbiota, determine how it develops in a colony and determine how the environment impacts on this process. Simultaneously, we aim to determine the role of the gut microbiota with regards to pollen digestion and protection against bumblebee parasites.