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Do symbionts influence global patterns of termite abundance?

Goal: Termites are one of the main invertebrate decomposer organisms in tropical regions which is undoubtedly due to their association with both internal (endo-) and external (ecto-)symbiotic microorganisms. The microbial symbionts allow termites to break down the complex ligno-cellulose matrix of plant tissues and soil organic matter which enable termites to feed on nutrient poor but highly available organic matter. While the relationship between termites and endosymbionts has been widely studied, the understanding of the role of ectosymbionts is poor. We hypothesise that the latter may play a vital role in the successful development of termite functional groups and we aim to examine the relationships between termites, endosymbionts, ectosymbionts, and their food sources, which together with historical biogeography may explain the inconsistent intercontinental patterns of termite abundance. Mass sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA and fungal ITS genes will be used followed by analyses of co-occurrence patterns to investigate the relationships between termites and their allied microorganisms.
Our aim is to understand the inconsistent global termite abundance patterns by studying the relationships between termites and their internal and external symbiotic microorganisms. Mass sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA and fungal ITS genes will be used followed by analyses of co-occurrence patterns.

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Termites are one of the main invertebrate decomposer organisms in tropical regions which is undoubtedly due to their association with both internal (endo-) and external (ecto-)symbiotic microorganisms. The microbial symbionts allow termites to break down the complex ligno-cellulose matrix of plant tissues and soil organic matter which enable termites to feed on nutrient poor but highly available organic matter. While the relationship between termites and endosymbionts has been widely studied, the understanding of the role of ectosymbionts is poor. We hypothesise that the latter may play a vital role in the successful development of termite functional groups and we aim to examine the relationships between termites, endosymbionts, ectosymbionts, and their food sources, which together with historical biogeography may explain the inconsistent intercontinental patterns of termite abundance. Mass sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA and fungal ITS genes will be used followed by analyses of co-occurrence patterns to investigate the relationships between termites and their allied microorganisms.
Our aim is to understand the inconsistent global termite abundance patterns by studying the relationships between termites and their internal and external symbiotic microorganisms. Mass sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA and fungal ITS genes will be used followed by analyses of co-occurrence patterns.
 
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