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Disentangling the environment in wildlife microbiom-behaviour interactions: Response to Davidson et al

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Nguyen, HKD and Jones, PJ and Kendal, D and Flies, EJ, Disentangling the environment in wildlife microbiom-behaviour interactions: Response to Davidson et al, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 36, (4) pp. 277-278. ISSN 0169-5347 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tree.2020.11.008

Abstract

There is growing evidence that the gut microbiome strongly influences animal physiology and behaviour. In their recent article in TREE, Davidson et al. call for research into the relationship between the gut microbiome and behaviour in free-living wildlife to better understand the mechanisms and evolution of behavioural plasticity. They provide a framework for investigating microbiome-mediated behaviour, including microbiome manipulation to infer causality. While the authors recognise that the environment influences both gut microbiomes and behaviours, we suggest that their proposed framework does not adequately capture the complexity and multiplicity of environment–microbiome–behaviour links. As we argue, any examination of the links between the gut microbiome and behaviour in free-living wildlife demands a more holistic perspective of the role of the environment in shaping gut microbiomes, behaviours, and their interactions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:microbiome-mediated behaviour, natural systems, ecological relevance, environmental microbiome, gut microbiome
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Evolutionary ecology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Nguyen, HKD (Ms Hanh Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Jones, PJ (Dr Penelope Jones)
UTAS Author:Kendal, D (Dr Dave Kendal)
UTAS Author:Flies, EJ (Dr Emily Flies)
ID Code:143180
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Natural Sciences
Deposited On:2021-03-03
Last Modified:2021-09-15
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