Targeted screening for antibiotic-producing bacteria associated with fungus-growing termites
Background: Fungus-growing termites rely on the suppression of competitor or disease-causing organisms of themselves and their mutualistic food fungus. We have recently identified a Bacillus sp. that is responsible for inhibition of several fungi that may enter termite colonies and potentially antagonise the termite fungus. Similarly, we have identified a number of Actinobacteria with promising antibiotic potential, some of which have been shown to produce chemical compounds not previously known.
|Anvendte metoder:||Culturing, Petri plate bioassays, image analyses, PCR|
|Keywords:||Actinobacteria, Macrotermitinae, Fungus-growing termites, Streptomyces, Antibiotics|