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Effect of oral administration of lactic acid bacteria on colony performance and gut microbiota in indoor-reared bumblebees (Bombus terrestris)

(2017) APIDOLOGIE. 48(1). p.41-50
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In this study, we investigated if oral administration of lactic acid bacteria could increase the colony performance of reared bumblebees. We found that a continuous administration of Lactobacillus kunkeei LMG 18925 and Lactobacillus crispatus LMG 9479 could partly compensate the effects of low nutritional pollen, but a permanent colonization in the gut was not detected with Illumina MiSeq 16S rRNA sequencing. Contrary to expectations, a single administration of L. kunkeei LMG 18925 to a high nutritional pollen led to a lower total drone mass. A Bombus-specific strain, Bifidobacterium actinocoloniiforme R-53049, showed potential to colonize the gut permanently after three administrations. Our study represents a first screening for the potential use of probiotic strains in bumblebees. We conclude that both diet and host specificity of bacteria might have an effect on colony performance of indoor-reared bumblebees and play a role in the gut colonization success.
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Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, probiotics, Bombus terrestris, colony development, gut microbiota, HONEYBEE APIS-MELLIFERA, DEFENSIVE SYMBIONTS, BEE-GUT, PROBIOTICS, DIVERSITY, LONGEVITY, PARASITE, INSECTS, STOMACH, LARVAL

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Billiet, Annelies, Ivan Meeus, Margo Cnockaert, Peter Vandamme, Annette Van Oystaeyen, Felix Wäckers, and Guy Smagghe. 2017. “Effect of Oral Administration of Lactic Acid Bacteria on Colony Performance and Gut Microbiota in Indoor-reared Bumblebees (Bombus Terrestris).” Apidologie 48 (1): 41–50.
APA
Billiet, A., Meeus, I., Cnockaert, M., Vandamme, P., Van Oystaeyen, A., Wäckers, F., & Smagghe, G. (2017). Effect of oral administration of lactic acid bacteria on colony performance and gut microbiota in indoor-reared bumblebees (Bombus terrestris). APIDOLOGIE, 48(1), 41–50.
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Billiet A, Meeus I, Cnockaert M, Vandamme P, Van Oystaeyen A, Wäckers F, et al. Effect of oral administration of lactic acid bacteria on colony performance and gut microbiota in indoor-reared bumblebees (Bombus terrestris). APIDOLOGIE. 2017;48(1):41–50.
MLA
Billiet, Annelies, Ivan Meeus, Margo Cnockaert, et al. “Effect of Oral Administration of Lactic Acid Bacteria on Colony Performance and Gut Microbiota in Indoor-reared Bumblebees (Bombus Terrestris).” APIDOLOGIE 48.1 (2017): 41–50. Print.
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  abstract     = {In this study, we investigated if oral administration of lactic acid bacteria could increase the colony performance of reared bumblebees. We found that a continuous administration of Lactobacillus kunkeei LMG 18925 and Lactobacillus crispatus LMG 9479 could partly compensate the effects of low nutritional pollen, but a permanent colonization in the gut was not detected with Illumina MiSeq 16S rRNA sequencing. Contrary to expectations, a single administration of L. kunkeei LMG 18925 to a high nutritional pollen led to a lower total drone mass. A Bombus-specific strain, Bifidobacterium actinocoloniiforme R-53049, showed potential to colonize the gut permanently after three administrations. Our study represents a first screening for the potential use of probiotic strains in bumblebees. We conclude that both diet and host specificity of bacteria might have an effect on colony performance of indoor-reared bumblebees and play a role in the gut colonization success.},
  author       = {Billiet, Annelies and Meeus, Ivan and Cnockaert, Margo and Vandamme, Peter and Van Oystaeyen, Annette and W{\"a}ckers, Felix and Smagghe, Guy},
  issn         = {0044-8435},
  journal      = {APIDOLOGIE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {41--50},
  title        = {Effect of oral administration of lactic acid bacteria on colony performance and gut microbiota in indoor-reared bumblebees (Bombus terrestris)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13592-016-0447-5},
  volume       = {48},
  year         = {2017},
}

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