Living With Gut Symbionts

Reticulitermes flavipes, Eastern Subterranean Termite

Termites have symbionts present in the gut that aid in the digestion of cellulose and produce essential nutrients. The gut symbionts are a mixture of microorganisms acquired from the environment and those that are passed from termite to termite. In a termite colony, only the workers consume wood. The workers feed the soldiers and reproductives. When the reproductives swarm and establish a new colony, the reproductives feed and nourish the…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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