Q&A: Friends (but sometimes foes) within: the complex evolutionary ecology of symbioses between host and microbes

Posted by: | January 2, 2018 | Comments

ABSTRACT

Over the past decade, there has been a pronounced shift in the study of host–microbe associations, with recognition that many of these associations are beneficial, and often critical, for a diverse array of hosts. There may also be pronounced benefits for the microbes, though this is less well empirically understood. Significant progress has been made in understanding how ecology and evolution shape simple associations between hosts and one or a few microbial species, and this work can serve as a foundation to study the ecology and evolution of host associations with their often complex microbial communities (microbiomes).

Read more at: BMC Biology

Nicole Gerardo, Gregory Hurst. BMC Biology. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12915-017-0455-6. 2017






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