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Fig. 4 | BMC Microbiology

Fig. 4

From: Taxonomic features and comparisons of the gut microbiome from two edible fungus-farming termites (Macrotermes falciger; M. natalensis) harvested in the Vhembe district of Limpopo, South Africa

Fig. 4

Termite gut microbiome reference sequences vary by host type along PCo1 of Bray-Curtis dissimilarity ordination. Ordination of external meta-taxonomic microbiome data for several termite species alongside the current study data corroborates previous findings that feeding ecology explains correspondence between termite microbiome profiles. Wood-feeding and grass-feeding termites cluster on the left with a gradual shift towards the right with humus and soil feeding lower termites that culminates in a large right-hand cluster of fungus-farmers and omnivores. The latter cluster also spans PCo2, exemplifying the greater microbiome variation of generalist feeders. Foregut/midgut isolates from Bulbitermes as well as fungus comb samples from an Odontotermes nest are indicated on the plot

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