Temporal dynamics of microbiota before and after host death

Preiswerk, David and Walser, Jean-Claude and Ebert, Dieter. (2018) Temporal dynamics of microbiota before and after host death. Isme Journal, 12 (8). pp. 2076-2085.

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The habitats that animals, humans and plants provide for microbial communities are inevitably transient, changing drastically when these hosts die. Because microbes associated with living hosts are ensured prime access to the deceased host's organic matter, it is feasible that opportunistic, adaptable lifestyles are widespread among host-associated microbes. Here we investigate the temporal dynamics of microbiota by starving to death a host-the planktonic Crustacean Daphnia magna-and tracking the changes in its microbial community as it approaches death, dies and decomposes. Along with obligate host-associated microbes that vanished after the host's death and decomposers that appeared after the host's death, we also detected microbes with opportunistic lifestyles, seemingly capable of exploiting the host even before its death. We suggest that the period around host death plays an important role for host-microbiota ecology and for the evolution of hosts and their microbes.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Biologie > Evolutionary Biology (Ebert)
UniBasel Contributors:Ebert, Dieter and Walser, Jean-Claude and Preiswerk, David
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Springer nature
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:22 Feb 2019 13:58

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