Pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA genes in fecal samples reveals high diversity of hindgut microflora in horses and potential links to chronic laminitis

@inproceedings{Steelman2012PyrosequencingO1,
  title={Pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA genes in fecal samples reveals high diversity of hindgut microflora in horses and potential links to chronic laminitis},
  author={Samantha M. Steelman and Bhanu P. Chowdhary and Scot E. Dowd and Jan S Suchodolski and Jan E. Jane{\vc}ka},
  booktitle={BMC veterinary research},
  year={2012}
}
BACKGROUND The nutrition and health of horses is closely tied to their gastrointestinal microflora. Gut bacteria break down plant structural carbohydrates and produce volatile fatty acids, which are a major source of energy for horses. Bacterial communities are also essential for maintaining gut homeostasis and have been hypothesized to contribute to various diseases including laminitis. We performed pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA bacterial genes isolated from fecal material to characterize hindgut… CONTINUE READING