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Microbiota of little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters during development

Dewar, Meagan L., Arnould, John P. Y., Allnutt, Theo R., Crowley, Tamsyn, Krause, Lutz, Reynolds, John, Dann, Peter and Smith, Stuart C. 2017, Microbiota of little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters during development, PloS one, vol. 12, no. 8, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183117.

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Title Microbiota of little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters during development
Author(s) Dewar, Meagan L.
Arnould, John P. Y.ORCID iD for Arnould, John P. Y. orcid.org/0000-0003-1124-9330
Allnutt, Theo R.ORCID iD for Allnutt, Theo R. orcid.org/0000-0002-1347-3777
Crowley, TamsynORCID iD for Crowley, Tamsyn orcid.org/0000-0002-3698-8917
Krause, Lutz
Reynolds, John
Dann, Peter
Smith, Stuart C.
Journal name PloS one
Volume number 12
Issue number 8
Article ID e0183117
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Public Library of Science
Place of publication San Francisco, Calif.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1932-6203
Summary The establishment and early colonisation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract has been recognised as a crucial stage in chick development, with pioneering microbial species responsible for influencing the development of the GI tract and influencing host health, fitness and disease status throughout life. Development of the microbiota in long lived seabirds is poorly understood. This study characterised the microbial composition of little penguin and short-tailed shearwater chicks throughout development, using Quantitative Real Time PCR (qPCR) and 16S rRNA sequencing. The results indicated that microbial development differed between the two seabird species with the short-tailed shearwater microbiota being relatively stable throughout development whilst significant fluctuations in the microbial composition and an upward trend in the abundance of Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes were observed in the little penguin. When the microbial composition of adults and chicks was compared, both species showed low similarity in microbial composition, indicating that the adult microbiota may have a negligible influence over the chick’s microbiota.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0183117
Field of Research 060899 Zoology not elsewhere classified
060806 Animal Physiological Ecology
MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, Dewar et al.
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Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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