A Comparative Metagenome Survey of the Fecal Microbiota of a Breast- and a Plant-Fed Asian Elephant Reveals an Unexpectedly High Diversity of Glycoside Hydrolase Family Enzymes

@inproceedings{Ilmberger2014ACM,
  title={A Comparative Metagenome Survey of the Fecal Microbiota of a Breast- and a Plant-Fed Asian Elephant Reveals an Unexpectedly High Diversity of Glycoside Hydrolase Family Enzymes},
  author={Nele Ilmberger and Simon G{\"u}llert and Joana Dannenberg and Ulrich Rabausch and Jeremy Martin O. Torres and Bernd Wemheuer and Malik Alawi and Anja Poehlein and Jennifer Chow and Dimitrij Turaev and Thomas Rattei and Christel Schmeisser and Jesper Salomon and Peter Bjarke Olsen and Rolf Daniel and Adam Grundhoff and Martin Simon Borchert and Wolfgang R. Streit},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2014}
}
A phylogenetic and metagenomic study of elephant feces samples (derived from a three-weeks-old and a six-years-old Asian elephant) was conducted in order to describe the microbiota inhabiting this large land-living animal. The microbial diversity was examined via 16S rRNA gene analysis. We generated more than 44,000 GS-FLX+454 reads for each animal. For the baby elephant, 380 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) were identified at 97% sequence identity level; in the six-years-old animal, close to… CONTINUE READING
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