Folia Microbiologica

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 169–171 | Cite as

Microflora of the honeybee gastrointestinal tract

  • M. Kačániová
  • R. Chlebo
  • M. Kopernický
  • A. Trakovická
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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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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Kačániová
    • 1
  • R. Chlebo
    • 2
  • M. Kopernický
    • 2
  • A. Trakovická
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologySlovak Agricultural UniversityNitraSlovakia
  2. 2.Department of Poultry Science and Small Animal HusbandrySlovak Agricultural UniversityNitraSlovakia
  3. 3.Department of Genetics and Breeding BiologySlovak Agricultural UniversityNitraSlovakia

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