Intestinal microflora in early infancy: composition and development

@article{Fanaro2003IntestinalMI,
  title={Intestinal microflora in early infancy: composition and development},
  author={Silvia Fanaro and Roberta Chierici and Pietro Guerrini and Vittorio Vigi},
  journal={Acta P{\ae}diatrica},
  year={2003},
  volume={92}
}
The neonatal intestinal microbiota is a complex ecosystem composed of numerous genera, species and strains of bacteria. This enormous cell mass performs a variety of unique activities that affect both the colonic and systemic physiology. Its primary activities include nutritive, metabolic, immunological and protective functions. Most studies of infants have been based on faecal samples using the classical plating techniques with culturing on specific media. The limitations of these methods must… 
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