Chapter 4.4.1 : Invertebrate Gut Associations

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The last decades have seen a development of the research on animal-microbe interactions that is showing that animals, and in general higher organisms, are embedded in a microbial world. The recent developments in the research of the associations of microbes with the invertebrate gut are confirming that also in these animals the interactions with symbiotic microorganisms had a major role in the host evolution with important consequences, among others, on physiology, behavior, stress adaptation and ecology of the host. In this chapter such kind of interactions are analyzed and an overview of the different roles that gut-microbe symbiosis plays on the host fitness is presented. The profound effects of symbionts on the invertebrate biology are also discussed in the light of their potential exploitation for controlling invertebrate related problems such as, for instance and among others, controlling agriculture insect pest and transmission of vector borne diseases.

Citation: Daffonchio D, Alma A, Favia G, Sacchi L, Bandi C. 2016. Invertebrate Gut Associations, p 4.4.1-1-4.4.1-7. In Yates M, Nakatsu C, Miller R, Pillai S (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818821.ch4.4.1
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