Diversity of Microbiomes in Beef Cattle
A microbiome refers to an assemblage of microorganisms associated with a specific habitat or niche.
Microbes are minute single-cell life-forms common to most habitats on Earth. Animals harbor microbes on and within their body, and these microorganisms can influence health and well-being of the animal host. Microbes can reside on the skin, in the airways, in the reproductive tracts, and in the digestive tract of mammals. The hosts have developed symbiotic relationships with these microbes in the gastrointestinal tract that can influence nutrient availability to the host and are an important part of normal function. In particular, ruminant animals have evolved to exploit a symbiotic relationship with microbes that allows the digestion of complex fibrous biomass in their rumen, a pregastric chamber of their gastrointestinal tract.
Collectively, the microbes in an ecosystem consist of bacterial, archaeal, protozo ...
- Diversity of Microbiomes in Beef Cattle
- Reference Work Title
- Encyclopedia of Metagenomics
- pp 1-11
- Online ISBN
- Springer New York
- Copyright Holder
- Springer Science+Business Media New York
- Industry Sectors
- Karen E. Nelson (1)
- Editor Affiliations
- 1. J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI)
- Author Affiliations
- 2. Agroecosystem Management Research Unit, US Department of Agriculture, University Of Nebraska, Room 121 Keim Hall, Lincoln- East Campus, 68583-0938, Lincoln, NE, USA
- 3. Meat Animal Research Center, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, 68933, Clay Center, NE, USA
- 4. Meat Safety & Quality Research, USDA Agricultural Research Service, STATE SPUR 18D, P.O. BOX 166, 68933-0166, Clay Center, NE, USA
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