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Regarding Gut flora in insects, and the effects of Bacillus thuringiensis. Is the biology gut flora more or less complicated than mammalian gut flora? Would insect gut flora have a shikimate pathway?


Let me know when you have time.

Elio replies:

It depends on the insect. Termites are known for having a greatly varied intestinal microbiota, others are less varied, but I'm no expert. I'd have to look up the shikimate story. For a general reference, see here
FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2013 Sep;37(5):699-735. doi: 10.1111/1574-6976.12025. Epub 2013 Jun 17.
The gut microbiota of insects - diversity in structure and function.
Engel P, Moran NA.pathway.

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