" Bacteria are present in all imaginable habitats on Earth, including within deep hydrothermal vents and in the extreme cold of the Arctic tundra. In addition to the diverse environments across Earth, microbes also use animals, including fifi sh, as their habitats and take up residence in and on them. The presence and community composition of these microbial companions can markedly affect their host’s biology.
Although fish are the oldest and most diverse group of vertebrates, most research to date has focused on the bacterial symbionts of humans and insects because of their applicability to human health and pest control. Fish, however, and especially cichlids, comprise diverse lineages that have evolved to utilize vastly different niches in the environment. This creates numerous opportunities to study how fish and their bacterial symbionts interact over evolutionary time.
With support from the Guy Jordan Research Fund, I focused part of my PhD studies while at Drexel University on investigating the gut bacterial communities of cichlids from Lake Tanganyika. Specifically, I explored how the diet, ecology, and evolutionary history of these fish species influence their gut microbial communities "
Comentarios: The article, party supported by the ACA — Guy D Jordan Endowment Fund Recipient, explains and summarizes the goals of the actual research, without providing data, hence we do not cross-link species to it (Juan Miguel Artigas Azas, 20-may.-2015).
Clasificación: Fisiología y enfermedades, Lago Tanganyika.