Identifying microbiome-mediated behaviour in wild vertebrates

Davidson, Gabrielle ORCID:, Raulo, Aura and Knowles, Sarah C. L. (2020) Identifying microbiome-mediated behaviour in wild vertebrates. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 35 (11). pp. 972-980. ISSN 0169-5347

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Recent research in laboratory animals has illuminated how the vertebrate gut microbiome can have diverse and powerful effects on the brain and behaviour. However, the ecological relevance of this microbiome–gut–brain (MGB) axis outside the laboratory remains unexplored. Here we argue that understanding behavioural and cognitive effects of the gut microbiome in natural populations is an important goal for behavioural ecology that may shed light on the mechanisms and evolution of behavioural plasticity. We outline a toolkit of approaches that could be applied in this endeavour and argue that beyond collecting observational data on the microbiome and behaviour from free-living animals, the incorporation of manipulative approaches tailored to such systems will be a key next step to progress understanding in this area.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: G.L.D. was funded by a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship, ECF-2018-700, and a Sir Isaac Newton Trust Fellowship. S.C.L.K. was funded by a NERC fellowship, NE/L011867/1. A.R. was funded by a Clarendon Scholarship.
Uncontrolled Keywords: behaviour,behavioural plasticity,cognition,gut microbiome,microbiome–gut–brain axis,ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1105
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2023 11:30
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 08:24
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2020.06.014

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