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Bacterial microbiota associated with ants of the genus Tetraponera

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Stoll, Sascha ; Gadau, Jürgen ; Gross, Roy ; Feldhaar, Heike:
Bacterial microbiota associated with ants of the genus Tetraponera.
In: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. Vol. 90 (2007) Issue 3 . - pp. 399-412.
ISSN 0024-4066
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8312.2006.00730.x

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Tropical arboreal ants mainly feed as 'secondary herbivores', relying mostly on nitrogen-poor homopteran exudates as food. It has been speculated that this nitrogen-limitation of their diet may be overcome by nutritional upgrading with the help of symbiotic bacteria. We examined the bacterial diversity associated with several representatives of three species groups of the arboreal ant genus Tetraponera based on genes encoding 16S rRNA, citrate synthase and a structural protein of the dinitrogenase complex (nifH). The bacterial microflora showed group-specificity, suggesting long-term association between ants and bacteria. In all specimens of four species of the nigra group, we detected bacteria closely related to Bartonella (order Rhizobiales). Ants of the allaborans group harboured bacteria belonging to the enterobacteria. In Tetraponera pilosa of the third species group, we found the enterobacterium Pantoea agglomerans. In spite of the different phylogenetic affiliation of the bacteria identified in the three species groups, the presence of nifH in most species suggests a role in nitrogen metabolism of the bacterial microbiota. We also detected a high infection rate with the intracellular bacterium Wolbachia in all Tetraponera species groups. Besides the widespread bacteria found in Tetraponera, we discovered a diverse group of bacteria represented by single sequences. (c) 2007 The Linnean Society of London.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER102046
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Animal Population Ecology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Animal Population Ecology > Professorship Animal Population Ecology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heike Feldhaar
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2015 11:02
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 10:14
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/10814