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Structural diversity and functional variability of gut microbial communities associated with honey bees.

Authors
  • Khan, Khalid Ali1
  • Al-Ghamdi, Ahmad A2
  • Ghramh, Hamed A3
  • Ansari, Mohammad Javed4
  • Ali, Habib5
  • Alamri, Saad A6
  • Al-Kahtani, Saad Naser7
  • Adgaba, Nuru2
  • Qasim, Muhammad8
  • Hafeez, Muhammad9
  • 1 Research Center for Advanced Materials Science (RCAMS), King Khalid University, P.O. Box 9004, Abha, 61413, Saudi Arabia; Unit of Bee Research and Honey Production, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, P.O. Box 9004, Abha, 61413, Saudi Arabia; Biology Department, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, P.O. Box 9004, Abha, 61413, Saudi Arabia. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Saudi Arabia)
  • 2 Abdullah Bagshan Chair for Bee Research, Department of Plant Protection, College of Food and Agricultural Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, P. O. Box 2460, Riyadh, 11451, Saudi Arabia. , (Saudi Arabia)
  • 3 Research Center for Advanced Materials Science (RCAMS), King Khalid University, P.O. Box 9004, Abha, 61413, Saudi Arabia; Unit of Bee Research and Honey Production, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, P.O. Box 9004, Abha, 61413, Saudi Arabia; Biology Department, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, P.O. Box 9004, Abha, 61413, Saudi Arabia. , (Saudi Arabia)
  • 4 Abdullah Bagshan Chair for Bee Research, Department of Plant Protection, College of Food and Agricultural Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, P. O. Box 2460, Riyadh, 11451, Saudi Arabia; Department of Botany, Hindu College Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, 2440001, India. , (India)
  • 5 Department of Entomology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Depalpur Campus, Okara, Pakistan. , (Pakistan)
  • 6 Biology Department, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, P.O. Box 9004, Abha, 61413, Saudi Arabia; Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Center for Environmental and Tourism Research and Studies, King Khalid University, P.O. Box 3100, Abha, 61471, Saudi Arabia. , (Saudi Arabia)
  • 7 Arid Land Agriculture Department, Faculty of Agriculture & Food Sciences, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. , (Saudi Arabia)
  • 8 Key Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Crop Pathogens and Insects, Institute of Insect Sciences, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310058, PR China. , (China)
  • 9 State Key Laboratory Breeding Base for Zhejiang Sustainable Pest and Disease Control, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Institute of Plant Protection and Microbiology, Hangzhou, 310021, PR China. , (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Microbial Pathogenesis
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Oct 15, 2019
Volume
138
Pages
103793–103793
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.micpath.2019.103793
PMID: 31626917
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Microbial consortia accompanied to all eukaryotes can be inherited from ancestors, environment, and/or from various food source. Gut microbiota study is an emerging discipline of biological sciences that expands our understanding of the ecological and functional dynamics of gut environments. Microorganisms associated with honey bees play an important role in food digestion, colony performance, immunity, pollination, antagonistic effect against different pathogens, amelioration of food and many more. Although, many repots about honey bee gut microbiota are well documented, microbiome with other key components of honey bees such as larvae, adults, their food (pollen, beebread, and honey), honey combs, and floral nectar are poorly understood. Mutual interactions and extent of the roles of microbial communities associated with honey bees are still unclear and demand for more research on the nutritional physiology and health benefits of this ecologically and economically important group. Here in this study, we highlighted all the honey bee microbiome that harbored from different life stages and other relevant components. The anatomical parts of honey bee (larvae, adults), food source (pollen, beebread, and honey), honey combs, and floral nectar were highly flourished by numerous microorganisms like bacteria (Alphaproteobacteria, Betaproteobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Actinomycetes, Bacilli, Bacteroidetes, Cocci, Clostridia, Coliforms, Firmicutes, Flavobacteriia, Mollicutes) and fungi (Dothideomycetes, Eurotiomycetes, Mucormycotina, Saccharomycetes, Zygomycetes, Yeasts, Molds). Some distinctive microbial communities of a taxonomically constrained species have coevolved with social bees. This contribution is to enhance the understanding of honey bee gut microbiota, to accelerate bee microbiota and microbiome research in general and to aid design of future experiments in this growing field. Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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