About this Research Topic
Comprehensive surveys investigating the composition and function of the gut microbiomes of wild animals are ongoing. Original research articles, which demonstrate the potential connection between gut microbiome and conservation biology, are welcome in this topic. Subtopics include, but are not limited to, studies that examine:
(1) gut microbial composition and function after translocation of endangered species.
(2) the putative connection between native and invasive species’ gut microbiomes.
(3) the response of wild animal gut microbiome to climate change. Does global warming cause changes in wild animal gut microbial composition and function? What is the specific effect on the host surviving or environmental adaptation (positive or negative) by these changes?
(4) the animal gut microbiome response to the changes in the host habitat (e.g., fragmented and isolated).
(5) the potential connection between the symbiotic gut microbiome and host fitness in the wild.
Keywords: gut microbiomes, translocation, invasive, host fitness, climate warming, habitat fragmentation, conservation
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