Insect Gut—A Treasure of Microbes and Microbial Enzymes

  • Birbal SinghEmail author
  • Gorakh Mal
  • Sanjeev K. Gautam
  • Manishi Mukesh


Several insects thrive on plant biomass for nutrition and habitation. Insect gut presents distinctive habitat for colonizing microbial genera and species. The insect gut microbiota contributes to digest plant materials, protecting host from parasites and pathogens, and modulation of immune system. Strategies should be evolved to unravel and exploit less known or obscure microbial diversities of these tiny creatures as sources of enzymes and raw materials having industrial applications, as well as developing insecticides by interrupting the cellulose degradation pathways in them.


  • Insect gut is distinctive and favorable niche for microbial colonization

  • Some invertebrates and insects rely on gut microbiota to utilize plant biomass

  • The lignocelluloytic microbial genes enzymes indicate biotechnological applications.


Insects Gut microbiota Enzymes Insect–microbiome interaction Commercial importance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Birbal Singh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gorakh Mal
    • 1
  • Sanjeev K. Gautam
    • 2
  • Manishi Mukesh
    • 3
  1. 1.ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Regional StationPalampurIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyKurukshetra UniversityKurukshetraIndia
  3. 3.Department of Animal BiotechnologyICAR-National Bureau of Animal Genetic ResourcesKarnalIndia

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