Better living through microbial action: the benefits of the mammalian gastrointestinal microbiota on the host.

@article{Leser2009BetterLT,
  title={Better living through microbial action: the benefits of the mammalian gastrointestinal microbiota on the host.},
  author={Thomas Dyrmann Leser and Lars M\olbak},
  journal={Environmental microbiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={11 9},
  pages={2194-206}
}
Mammals live in a homeostatic symbiosis with their gastrointestinal microbiota. The mammalian host provides the microbiota with nutrients and a stable environment; whereas the microbiota helps shaping the host's gut mucosa and provides nutritional contributions. Microorganisms start colonizing the gut immediately after birth followed by a succession of… CONTINUE READING