The above photo shows Drosophila flanked by its commensal microbial communities. To the left are bacterial colonies growing on MRS media and to the right are yeast colonies on RBCA media. (Photos by James Angus Chandler and Kathy Keatly-Garvey. Drosophila image by ……)
This pretty much sums up my dissertation. I characterized the microbial communities that are associated with wild-caught Drosophila populations. A better understanding of the natural Drosophila microbiome is necessary to inform laboratory experiments done in this model system. Read more about my work on the research page.