Termites are among the rare organisms that can feed on wood. This remarkable ability has allowed them to become one of the most abundant animals in the terrestrial tropics, and they’ve got their gut bacteria to thank. Researchers from OIST's Evolutionary Genomics Unit, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Sydney, have shown that the bacterial communities in termite guts came about through both inheritance and transfer between colonies. Their work was recently published in the journal Current Biology.
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