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Mutualism between the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria and its gut microbiota

Dillon, Rod and Charnley, Keith (2002) Mutualism between the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria and its gut microbiota. Research in Microbiology, 153 (8). pp. 503-509. ISSN 0923-2508

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Abstract

The desert locust Schistocerca gregaria contains a relatively simple but abundant gut microbiota which originated from the insect's diet. The gut bacterial population is dominated by Enterobacteriaceae with a major component of enterococci. Microbial metabolism of secondary plant chemicals in the locust gut produces phenolics useful to the locust host. Some products are antimicrobial and contribute to host defense against pathogens, others are employed by the host as components of the aggregation pheromone. This dual benefit suggests a closer degree of integration between the locust and its microbial community than was previously suspected.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Research in Microbiology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Antimicrobial phenols ; Gut microbiota ; Locust ; Microbial metabolism ; Mutualism ; Secondary plant chemicals
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Biomedical & Life Sciences
ID Code: 129017
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2018 09:40
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2018 03:39
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/129017

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