A. kondoi


My long-term interests are in the evolution of biological complexity, such as that apparent in complex life histories, in intimate interactions among species, and in species-diversity of clades and communities.

My focus is on symbiosis, particularly that between multicellular hosts and microbes.


Professional History

Publications (last two years)

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Kwong WK, Mancenido AL, Moran NA. 2014. Genome Sequences of Lactobacillus sp. Strains wkB8 and wkB10, Members of the Firm-5 Clade, from Honey Bee Guts. Genome Announc. 2(6) pii: e01176-14. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01176-14.

Bennett GM, McCutcheon JP, MacDonald BR, Romanovicz D, Moran NA. 2014. Differential genome evolution between companion symbionts in an insect-bacterial symbiosis. MBio 5(5) pii: e01697-14. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01697-14.

Powell JE, Martinson VG, Urban-Mead K, Moran NA. 2014. Routes of acquisition of the gut microbiota of Apis mellifera. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2014 Sep 19. pii: AEM.01861-14. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1128/AEM.01861-14

Engel P, Stepanauskas R, Moran NA. 2014. Hidden diversity in honey bee gut symbionts detected by single-cell genomics. PLoS Genet. 10(9):e1004596. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004596.

Kwong WK, Engel P, Koch H, Moran NA. 2014. Genomics and host specialization of honey bee and bumble bee gut symbionts. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 111: 11509-11514. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1405838111.

Moran NA, Bennett GM. 2104. The tiniest tiny genomes. Annu Rev Microbiol. 2014 Jun 2. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1146/annurev-micro-091213-112901

Cariveau DP, Elijah Powell J, Koch H, Winfree R, Moran NA. 2014. Variation in gut microbial communities and its association with pathogen infection in wild bumble bees (Bombus). ISME J. 8(12):2369-2379. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.68

Martinson VG, Magoc T, Koch H, Salzberg SL, Moran NA. 2014. Genomic features of a bumble bee symbiont reflect its host environment. Appl Environ Microbiol. 80: 3793-3803. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00322-14

Sabree ZL, Moran NA. 2014. Host-specific assemblages typify gut microbial communities of related insect species. Springerplus 3:138. doi: 10.1186/2193-1801-3-138

Koga R, Moran NA. 2014. Swapping symbionts in spittlebugs: evolutionary replacement of a reduced genome symbiont. ISME J. 8: 1237-1246. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2013.235

Sloan DB, Nakabachi A, Richards S, Qu J, Murali SC, Gibbs RA, Moran NA. 2014. Parallel histories of horizontal gene transfer facilitated extreme reduction of endosymbiont genomes in sap-feeding insects. Mol Bio Evol. 31: 857-871. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu004

Hansen AK, Moran NA. 2014. The impact of microbial symbionts on host plant utilization by herbivorous insects. Mol Ecol. 23: 1473-1496. doi: 10.1111/mec.12421.

Engel P, James R, Koga R, Kwong WK, McFrederick Q, Moran NA. 2013. Standard methods for research on Apis mellifera gut symbionts. In V Dietemann; J D Ellis; P Neumann (Eds) The COLOSS BEEBOOK, Volume I: standard methods for Apis mellifera research. Journal of Apicultural Research 52(4):

Bennett GM, Moran NA. 2013. Small, smaller, smallest: the origins and evolution of ancient dual symbioses in a phloem-feeding insect. Genome Biol Evol. 5: 1675-1688. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evt118

Engel P, Moran NA. 2013. The gut microbiota of insects - diversity in structure and function. FEMS Microbiol Rev. 37: 699-735. doi: 10.1111/1574-6976.12025.

Engel P, Kwong WK, Moran NA. 2013. Frischella perrara gen. nov., sp. nov., a gammaproteobacterium isolated from the gut of the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 63: 3646-3651. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.049569-0

Vogel KJ, Moran NA. 2013. Functional and evolutionary analysis of the genome of an obligate fungal symbiont. Genome Biol Evol. 5: 891-904. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evt054

Sloan DB, Moran NA. 2013. The evolution of genomic instability in the obligate endosymbionts of whiteflies. Genome Biol Evol. 5: 783-93. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evt044

Nováková E, Hypša V, Klein J, Foottit RG, Dohlen CD, Moran NA. 2013. Reconstructing the phylogeny of aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) using DNA of the obligate symbiont Buchnera aphidicola. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 68: 42-54. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2013.03.016

Koga R, Bennett G, Cryan JR, Moran NA. 2013. Evolutionary replacement of obligate symbionts in an ancient and diverse insect lineage. Environ Microbiol. 5: 2073-2081. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12121

Engel P, Moran NA. 2013. Functional and evolutionary insights into the simple yet specific gut microbiota of the honey bee from metagenomic analysis. Gut Microbes 4: 1-6. doi: 10.4161/gmic.22517

Kwong WK, Moran NA. 2013. Cultivation and characterization of the gut symbionts of honey bees and bumble bees: description of Snodgrassella alvi gen. nov., sp. nov., a member of the family Neisseriaceae of the Betaproteobacteria, and Gilliamella apicola gen. nov., sp. nov., a member of Orbaceae fam. nov., Orbales ord. nov., a sister taxon to the order 'Enterobacteriales' of the Gammaproteobacteria. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 63: 2008-2018. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.044875-0

Sabree ZL, Huang CY, Okusu A, Moran NA, Normark BB. 2013. The nutrient supplying capabilities of Uzinura, an endosymbiont of armoured scale insects. Environ Microbiol. 15: 1988-1999. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12058.