The marine mammal microbiome current knowledge and future directions

The Gut Bacterial Community of Mammals from Marine and Terrestrial Habitats

Diet and phylogeny shape the gut microbiota of Antarctic seals a comparison of wild and captive animals

RESPIRATORY MICROBIOME

 

Respiratory illnesses in particular are a major cause of mortality in marine mammals. We propose that the respiratory microbiota, measured from the blow of free-swimming whales, could be a novel yet non-invasive indirect health proxy. Our past studies of captive dolphins have shown that these communities are stable and we are now working with humpback whales.

 

Temporal stability and species specificity in bacteria associated with the bottlenose dolphins respiratory system

WILDLIFE MICROBIOME AND HEALTH

There are tight links between mammals and their microbial symbionts. Recent research in humans demonstrated the importance and mutuality of these commensal microbial communities, the microbiome, and its importance for a stable immune system and an animal’s general health.

 

GUT MICROBIOME

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WILDLIFE HEALTH & CONSERVATION

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WILDLIFE HEALTH & CONSERVATION