Folia Microbiologica

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 169–171

Microflora of the honeybee gastrointestinal tract

Authors

    • Department of MicrobiologySlovak Agricultural University
  • R. Chlebo
    • Department of Poultry Science and Small Animal HusbandrySlovak Agricultural University
  • M. Kopernický
    • Department of Poultry Science and Small Animal HusbandrySlovak Agricultural University
  • A. Trakovická
    • Department of Genetics and Breeding BiologySlovak Agricultural University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02931394

Cite this article as:
Kačániová, M., Chlebo, R., Kopernický, M. et al. Folia Microbiol (2004) 49: 169. doi:10.1007/BF02931394

Abstract

Microorganisms in the midgut and rectum of the honeybee were enumerated and characterized. Counts of aerobic microorganisms were distinctly lower than counts of anaerobes (105–106 viable cells per g of intestinal contentvs. 108–109 per g). Total numbers of anaerobic microorganisms were almost identical with the count of anaerobic Gram-positive acid resistant rods. A higher number of coliform bacteria andBacillus spp. was detected in the rectum (105 per g). Anaerobic and aerobic microorganisms, coliforms, enterococci,Bacillus spp.,Pseudomonas spp. and yeasts were found in all bees; lactobacilli, staphylococci and moulds were not found.

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© Institute of Microbiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 2004