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Editorial: Advances in the Understanding of the Commensal Eukaryota and Viruses of the Herbivore Gut

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Gilbert, R. A., Dagar, S. S., Kittelmann, S. and Edwards, J. E. (2021) Editorial: Advances in the Understanding of the Commensal Eukaryota and Viruses of the Herbivore Gut. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12 (392), 619287. ISSN 1664-302X


Article Link: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.619287

Publisher URL: https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmicb.2021.619287


Herbivores play an important role in the survival of humanity, contributing food and textiles, as well as social and economic value. For decades, optimizing the productivity, health, welfare, and environmental footprint of herbivorous animals, particularly ruminant livestock, has been the subject of an extensive, global research effort. Much of this research effort has focused on the herbivore gut. The specialized nature of the herbivore digestive tract and its resident microbes enables the breakdown of highly fibrous plant materials, which are unable to be utilized by omnivores and carnivores. In recent years, the bacteria and methanogenic archaea have been the major focus of research efforts, with the other gut microbes being understudied in comparison.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Animal Science
Additional Information:Open access
Keywords:Rumen,anaerobic fungi,protozoa,Phage,Ecology,Taxonomy,Physiology
Subjects:Veterinary medicine > Veterinary microbiology
Veterinary medicine > Veterinary bacteriology
Veterinary medicine > Veterinary virology
Veterinary medicine > Veterinary pathology
Live Archive:29 Mar 2021 01:48
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:46

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