Phylogenetic analysis of the fecal microbial community in herbivorous land and marine iguanas of the Galápagos Islands using 16S rRNA-based pyrosequencing

@article{Hong2011PhylogeneticAO,
  title={Phylogenetic analysis of the fecal microbial community in herbivorous land and marine iguanas of the Gal{\'a}pagos Islands using 16S rRNA-based pyrosequencing},
  author={Pei-Ying Hong and Emily Wheeler and Isaac K. O. Cann and R. I. Mackie},
  journal={The ISME Journal},
  year={2011},
  volume={5},
  pages={1461-1470}
}
Herbivorous reptiles depend on complex gut microbial communities to effectively degrade dietary polysaccharides. The composition of these fermentative communities may vary based on dietary differences. To explore the role of diet in shaping gut microbial communities, we evaluated the fecal samples from two related host species—the algae-consuming marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) and land iguanas (LI) (genus Conolophus) that consume terrestrial vegetation. Marine and LI fecal samples were… CONTINUE READING
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