A review on the association of bacteria with stingless bees

Mohamad Syazwan Ngalimat, and Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman, and Mohd Termizi Yusof, and Amir Syahir Amir Hamzah, and Norhasnida Zawawi, and Suriana Sabri, (2020) A review on the association of bacteria with stingless bees. Sains Malaysiana, 49 (8). pp. 1853-1863. ISSN 0126-6039


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Most cultivable microbes associated with stingless bees are bacteria. Studies about bacteria related to stingless bee colonies were only limited to bacterial isolation and identification, while a few studies consider their potential applications. Information on their biological roles and functions are scarce. Bacteria classified under the genera Bacillus, Streptomyces, and Lactobacillus are commonly associated with stingless bee colonies. They have been hypothesized to contribute to the formation and enhancement of antimicrobial activities of bee products such as honey and bee bread. There is now sizeable evidence that the microflora of bees can be used as biocontrol agent, potential probiotic, as well as producer of antimicrobial compounds and enzymes. The aim of this review was to stimulate a generation of further research on the enormous potential of the bacteria associated with stingless bees, their contributions and potential applications especially in medical and pharmaceutical uses.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Bacteria; Bee bread; Bees and bacterial interaction; Honey; Stingless bee
Journal:Sains Malaysiana
ID Code:15779
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Deposited On:17 Nov 2020 02:12
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