Fundamentals of Microbiome Science: How Microbes Shape Animal Biology

Editor/Author Douglas, Angela E.
Publication Year: 2018
Publisher: Princeton University Press

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ISBN: 978-0-691-16034-4
Category: Science - Biology
Image Count: 76
Book Status: Available
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An essential introduction to a cutting-edge field that is revolutionizing the life sciences, this book explains why microbiome science presents a more complete picture of the biology of humans and other animals and how it can deliver novel therapies for many medical conditions and new strategies for pest control.

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Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • 1. Introduction: Animals in a Microbial World
    • 1.1. What Is An Animal?
    • 1.2. Terminology: Dismantling the Tower of Babel
    • 1.3. The Microbiology of Animals
    • 1.4. Scope of This Book
    • 2. The Ancient Roots of the Animal Microbiomes
    • 2.1. Introduction
    • 2.2. The Social Life of Bacteria
    • 2.3. The Multiorganismal Origins of Eukaryotes
    • 2.4. The Ubiquity of Microbial Associations in Eukaryotes
    • 2.5. The Animal Condition
    • 2.6. Summary
    • 3. The Microbiome and Human Health
    • 3.1. Introduction
    • 3.2. The Biogeography of the Human Microbiome
    • 3.3. How to Study Microbiota Effects on Human Health
    • 3.4. The Microbiota and Human Disease
    • 3.5. The Mass Extinction Event Within?
    • 3.6 Summary
    • 4. Defining the Rules of Engagement: The Microbiome and the Animal Immune System
    • 4.1. Introduction
    • 4.2. Immune Effectors and the Regulation of the Microbiota
    • 4.3. The Effects of the Microbiota on Animal Immune Function
    • 4.4. Symbiont-Mediated Protection: Microbiota as the Second Immune System
    • 4.5. Summary
    • 5. Microbial Drivers of Animal Behavior
    • 5.1. Introduction
    • 5.2. Microbes and Animal Feeding Behavior
    • 5.3. Microbial Arbiters of Mental Well-Being
    • 5.4. Microbes and Animal Communication
    • 5.5. Summary
    • 6. The Inner Ecosystem of Animals
    • 6.1. Introduction
    • 6.2. The Abundance and Distribution of Animal-Associated Microorganisms
    • 6.3. Ecological Processes Shaping Microbial Communities in Animals
    • 6.4. Functions of the Inner Ecosystem
    • 6.5. Summary
    • 7. Evolutionary Processes and Consequences
    • 7.1. Introduction
    • 7.2. Costs and Benefits
    • 7.3. Evolutionary Specialization and Its Consequences
    • 7.4. Symbiosis as the Evolutionary Engine of Diversification
    • 7.5. Summary
    • 8. The Animal Reimagined
    • 8.1. Introduction
    • 8.2. The Scope of the Animal
    • 8.3. The Determinants of Animal Phenotype
    • 8.4. The Animal in the Anthropocene
    • References