Gut bacteria behind honey

Honeybees pollinate many of the crops people consume. Without pollination, the plants would not produce fruits and vegetables!

Along with pollen, honeybees extract nectar from the flowers. The nectar is then transported back to the nest where it is converted into delicious honey.

One of the best indicators of colony nest health is its performance in the production of honey. Recently, researchers began exploring the correlation between bee gut microbial community and the colony’s productivity.

We would like to thank Professor Philippe Engel and his research unit at the Department of Fundamental Microbiology from the University of Lausanne (CH), for the kind donation of the fixed bee gut sections used to produce these images.