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Microbiomes in Wild Animals: In captivity and the field

New Content ItemA full understanding of microbiomes and the roles they play in the form and function of wild animals can provide clues to new species identifications, their health, the impact of diet/nutrition, and how to successfully reintroduce captive animals back to a wild habitat. The journal Animal Microbiome is calling for papers that examine the microbiomes of captive or wild non-domesticated animals with a view to understanding the microbiome and its role in conservation, biodiversity, and animal physiology to be a part of this special collection.

Guest Editor: Meagan Dewar, Federation University Australia 

Submission Deadline: December 31st, 2021

Submit your paper here.

  1. Biological invasion is one of the main components of global changes in aquatic ecosystems. Unraveling how establishment in novel environments affects key biological features of animals is a key step towards un...

    Authors: Arthur Escalas, Jean-Christophe Auguet, Amandine Avouac, Jonathan Belmaker, Thanos Dailianis, Moshe Kiflawi, Renanel Pickholtz, Grigorios Skouradakis and Sébastien Villéger
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2022 4:37
  2. Animal-associated microbiomes can be influenced by both host and environmental factors. Comparing wild animals to those in zoos or aquariums can help disentangle the effects of host versus environmental factor...

    Authors: Ana G. Clavere-Graciette, Mary E. McWhirt, Lisa A. Hoopes, Kim Bassos-Hull, Krystan A. Wilkinson, Frank J. Stewart and Zoe A. Pratte
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2022 4:34
  3. Inter-population variation in host-associated microbiota reflects differences in the hosts’ environments, but this characterization is typically based on studies comparing few populations. The diversity of nat...

    Authors: Sally L. Bornbusch, Lydia K. Greene, Sylvia Rahobilalaina, Samantha Calkins, Ryan S. Rothman, Tara A. Clarke, Marni LaFleur and Christine M. Drea
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2022 4:29
  4. Similar to many other animals, the honey bee Apis mellifera relies on a beneficial gut microbiota for regulation of immune homeostasis. Honey bees exposed to agrochemicals, such as the herbicide glyphosate or ant...

    Authors: Erick V. S. Motta, J. Elijah Powell and Nancy A. Moran
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2022 4:16
  5. The gut microbiome is important to immune health, metabolism, and hormone regulation. Understanding host–microbiome relationships in captive animals may lead to mediating long term health issues common in capt...

    Authors: Mia M. Keady, Natalia Prado, Haw Chuan Lim, Janine Brown, Steve Paris and Carly R. Muletz-Wolz
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2021 3:85
  6. The amphibian skin microbiome is an important mediator of host health and serves as a potential source of undiscovered scientifically significant compounds. However, the underlying modalities of how amphibian ...

    Authors: Sarah McGrath-Blaser, Morgan Steffen, T. Ulmar Grafe, María Torres-Sánchez, David S. McLeod and Carly R. Muletz-Wolz
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2021 3:83
  7. Marsupials are born much earlier than placental mammals, with most crawling from the birth canal to the protective marsupium (pouch) to further their development. However, little is known about the microbiolog...

    Authors: Sesilje Weiss, David Taggart, Ian Smith, Kristofer M. Helgen and Raphael Eisenhofer
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2021 3:13
  8. Chronic recurrent diarrhoea and weight loss is a common problem in captive callitrichids. These symptoms are common clinical features of marmoset wasting syndrome (MWS), a chronic enteric inflammation of unkno...

    Authors: Peter Richards-Rios, Paul Wigley, Javier López, Dominic Wormell and Alberto Barbón
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2021 3:1
  9. Commonly known as sun-coral, Tubastraea tagusensis is an azooxanthellate scleractinian coral that successfully invaded the Southwestern Atlantic causing significant seascape changes. Today it is reported to over ...

    Authors: Aline Aparecida Zanotti, Gustavo Bueno Gregoracci, Katia Cristina Cruz Capel and Marcelo Visentini Kitahara
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2020 2:29
  10. The hamadryas baboon (Papio hamadryas) is a highly social primate that lives in complex multilevel societies exhibiting a wide range of group behaviors akin to humans. In contrast to the widely studied human micr...

    Authors: Xuanji Li, Urvish Trivedi, Asker Daniel Brejnrod, Gisle Vestergaard, Martin Steen Mortensen, Mads Frost Bertelsen and Søren Johannes Sørensen
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2020 2:25
  11. Stereotyped sunning behaviour in birds has been hypothesized to inhibit keratin-degrading bacteria but there is little evidence that solar irradiation affects community assembly and abundance of plumage microb...

    Authors: Gary R. Graves, Kenan O. Matterson, Christopher M. Milensky, Brian K. Schmidt, Michael J. V. O’Mahoney and Sergei V. Drovetski
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2020 2:24
  12. The microorganisms populating the gastro-intestinal tract of vertebrates, collectively known as “microbiota”, play an essential role in digestion and are important in regulating the immune response. Whereas th...

    Authors: Bruno C. M. Oliveira, Maureen Murray, Florina Tseng and Giovanni Widmer
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2020 2:15
  13. Coral-associated microbial communities are sensitive to multiple environmental and biotic stressors that can lead to dysbiosis and mortality. Although the processes contributing to these microbial shifts remai...

    Authors: Leïla Ezzat, Thomas Lamy, Rebecca L. Maher, Katrina S. Munsterman, Kaitlyn M. Landfield, Emily R. Schmeltzer, Cody S. Clements, Rebecca L. Vega Thurber and Deron E. Burkepile
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2020 2:5
  14. Coral microbial ecology is a burgeoning field, driven by the urgency of understanding coral health and slowing reef loss due to climate change. Coral resilience depends on its microbiota, and both the tissue a...

    Authors: Francesco Ricci, Vanessa Rossetto Marcelino, Linda L. Blackall, Michael Kühl, Mónica Medina and Heroen Verbruggen
    Citation: Microbiome 2019 7:159
  15. Captivity presents extreme lifestyle changes relative to the wild, and evidence of microbiome dysbiosis in captive animals is growing. The gut microbiome plays a crucial role in host health. Whilst captive bre...

    Authors: Rowena Chong, Catherine E. Grueber, Samantha Fox, Phil Wise, Vanessa R. Barrs, Carolyn J. Hogg and Katherine Belov
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2019 1:8
  16. Sharks are in severe global decline due to human exploitation. The additional concern of emerging diseases for this ancient group of fish, however, remains poorly understood. While wild-caught and captive shar...

    Authors: Claudia Pogoreutz, Mauvis A. Gore, Gabriela Perna, Catriona Millar, Robert Nestler, Rupert F. Ormond, Christopher R. Clarke and Christian R. Voolstra
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2019 1:9
  17. Differences between individuals in their gastrointestinal microbiomes can lead to variation in their ability to persist on particular diets. Koalas are dietary specialists, feeding almost exclusively on Eucalyptu...

    Authors: Michaela D. J. Blyton, Rochelle M. Soo, Desley Whisson, Karen J. Marsh, Jack Pascoe, Mark Le Pla, William Foley, Philip Hugenholtz and Ben D. Moore
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2019 1:6
  18. Current knowledge about seasonal variation in the gut microbiota of vertebrates is limited to a few studies based on mammalian fecal samples. Seasonal changes in the microbiotas of functionally distinct gut re...

    Authors: Sergei V. Drovetski, Michael J. V. O’Mahoney, Kenan O. Matterson, Brian K. Schmidt and Gary R. Graves
    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2019 1:2