Exploring intraspecific variation in the gut communities of Western Australian endemic termites (lsoptera, Termitidae) as a foundation for future local biofuel initiatives

Ghislaine Anne Marie Marguerite Platell

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Abstract

Higher termites are a promising source of enzymes for lignocellulosic biofuel production because their bacterial microbiota have evolved to efficiently degrade cellulose synergistically. I first recommended the use of a standardised method for 16S rRNA gene amplification and developed a method for accurately estimating core community size. I then characterised the gut . communities of Western Australian termites Tumulitermes westraliensis, Amitermes obeuntis and Coptotermes acinaciformis raffrayi and showed that they can be manipulated in the field, laying the foundation for future biofuel initiatives. I finally tested binding of cellulase-specific probes as a first step to isolate them for further testing.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date1 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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