Termites’ unique gut ‘factory’ key to global domination


(University of Sydney) Termites have achieved ecological dominance and now some ingredients for their success have been determined to lie in their unique gut microbiome ‘factories’ — which enable the creatures to eat wood and other material relatively free of competition. New research shows the majority of termite gut microorganisms is not found in any other animals and that they are not only inherited from parents but are also shared across colonies and among distantly related termite species.