Research

Symbiosis


Midichloria

Recent projects

  • Metabolomic profiling of 13C-labelled cellulose digestion in a lower termite: insights into gut symbiont function
  • "Candidatus Midichloriaceae" fam. nov. (Rickettsiales), an ecologically widespread clade of intracellular alphaproteobacteria
  • Maintenance of essential amino acid synthesis pathways in the Blattabacterium symbiont of a wood-feeding cockroach
  • Cellulolytic protist numbers rise and fall dramatically in termite queens and kings during colony foundation
  • Genome shrinkage and loss of nutrient providing potential in the obligate symbiont of the primitive termite Mastotermes darwiniensis