The effects of burying beetle social behaviours on interspecific interactions

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The effects of burying beetle social behaviours on interspecific interactions

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: The effects of burying beetle social behaviours on interspecific interactions
Author: Wang, Y.
Issue Date: 2018-11-20
Keywords: Burying beetle
Gut microbiota
Parental behaviour
Transmission
Interactions
Phoresy
Abstract: This ecological community has long been known to affect host biology, and their diverse roles have been further clarified in recent years following numerous studies of animal:microbiota interactions in diverse systems.In this thesis, I will shed light on the ecological interactions between the burying beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides, and its gut microbiota. I will investigate the potential mechanisms underlying the transmission and colonization of gut microbiota of this species. In addition, I will examine some 9 of the effects conferred by the beetle’s microbiota on its ecology. My research highlights the association between host behaviour and gut microbiota ecology.My data contributes to an increased understand of the relationships between insect parental care and the social transmission of beneficial gut bacteria. My study will help us to better understand the complex interactions between insects and their microbiota.
Promotor: Supervisor: Schilthuizen M. Co-Supervisor: Rozen D.E.
Faculty: Faculty of Science
University: Leiden University
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/66825
 

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