• Exploring the faecal microbiome of the Eurasian nuthatch

    1 month ago - By Springer

    Abstract
    Gastrointestinal microbiota fulfill pivotal roles in providing a host with nutrition and protection from pathogenic microorganisms. Up to date, most microbiota research has focused on humans and other mammals, whereas birds and especially wild birds lag behind. Within the field of the avian gut microbiome, research is heavily biased towards poultry. In this study, we analyzed the gut microbiome of the Eurasian nuthatch , using faecal samples of eight nestlings originating from three nuthatch nests in the south of Ghent , using Illumina sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene. Relative...
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