Age, introduction of solid feed and weaning are more important determinants of gut bacterial succession in piglets than breed and nursing mother as revealed by a reciprocal cross-fostering model.

@article{Bian2016AgeIO,
  title={Age, introduction of solid feed and weaning are more important determinants of gut bacterial succession in piglets than breed and nursing mother as revealed by a reciprocal cross-fostering model.},
  author={Gaorui Bian and Shouqing Ma and Zhigang Zhu and Yong Su and Erwin G. Zoetendal and R. I. Mackie and Junhua Liu and Chunlong Mu and Ruihua Huang and Hauke Smidt and Wei-yun Zhu},
  journal={Environmental microbiology},
  year={2016},
  volume={18 5},
  pages={1566-77}
}
A reciprocal cross-fostering model with an obese typical Chinese piglet breed and a lean Western breed was used to identify genetic and maternal effects on the acquisition and development gut bacteria from birth until after weaning. Pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA genes results revealed an age- and diet-dependent bacterial succession process in piglets. During the first 3 days after birth, the bacterial community was relatively simple and dominated by Firmicutes with 79% and 65% relative abundance… CONTINUE READING
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