About this Research Topic
The gut microbiota is the largest symbiotic ecosystem in the host and has been demonstrated to play an important role in maintaining intestinal homeostasis. The symbiotic relationship between the microbiota and the host is mutually beneficial. The host provides important habitat and nutrients for the microbiome. The gut microbiota supports the development of the metabolic system and the intestinal immune system's maturation. Intestinal microbes ingest dietary components such as carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids, and the metabolites are reported to directly or indirectly affect human health. Therefore, there is an inseparable relationship between the gut microbiota and the nutrition of the host.
Gut microbiota not only participates in digestion, absorption and synthesis of some nutrients but also regulates host metabolism. A detailed understanding of this relationship between gut microbiota and animal nutrition physiology is necessary to rationalize dietary interventions targeted to the gut microbiota in the future. The emergence of omics methods and research on the animal microbiome has completely changed our understandings of gut microbiota and nutritional physiology. This special issue focuses on all aspects of the research on digestive tract microorganisms and nutritional physiology, and it will also include research focus on the following aspects:
- Novel methods for the screening of gut microbiota
- Gut microbiota and host health; Mechanistic insights
- Multi-omics analysis to study the physiological characteristics of gut microbiota
- Develop new animal models to study the physiological functions of gut microbiota
Contributions of reviews and research articles are welcome!
Keywords: Gut microbiome, Animal nutrition, Host metabolism, Multi omics analysis, Host health
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