Individual- and Species-Specific Skin Microbiomes in Three Different Estrildid Finch Species Revealed by 16S Amplicon Sequencing

  title={Individual- and Species-Specific Skin Microbiomes in Three Different Estrildid Finch Species Revealed by 16S Amplicon Sequencing},
  author={Kathrin Engel and Jan Sauer and Sebastian J{\"u}nemann and Anika Winkler and Daniel Wibberg and J{\"o}rn Kalinowski and Andreas Tauch and Barbara A. Caspers},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
  pages={518 - 529}
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