Kinship, inbreeding and fine-scale spatial structure influence gut microbiota in a hindgut-fermenting tortoise.

@article{Yuan2015KinshipIA,
  title={Kinship, inbreeding and fine-scale spatial structure influence gut microbiota in a hindgut-fermenting tortoise.},
  author={Michael L Yuan and Samantha H Dean and Ana V Longo and Betsie B. Rothermel and Tracey D. Tuberville and Kelly R Zamudio},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2015},
  volume={24 10},
  pages={2521-36}
}
Herbivorous vertebrates rely on complex communities of mutualistic gut bacteria to facilitate the digestion of celluloses and hemicelluloses. Gut microbes are often convergent based on diet and gut morphology across a phylogenetically diverse group of mammals. However, little is known about microbial communities of herbivorous hindgut-fermenting reptiles. Here, we investigate how factors at the individual level might constrain the composition of gut microbes in an obligate herbivorous reptile… CONTINUE READING
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