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Exploring Interactions between the Gut Microbiota and Social Behavior through Nutrition

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Research Center on Animal Cognition (CRCA), Center for Integrative Biology (CBI), CNRS, University Paul Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse, France
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Laboratoire Evolution et Diversité Biologique, UMR 5174 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Paul Sabatier, ENSFEA, 31062 Toulouse, France
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Genes 2018, 9(11), 534; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes9110534
Received: 29 September 2018 / Revised: 29 October 2018 / Accepted: 30 October 2018 / Published: 6 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Coevolution of Hosts and their Microbiome)
Microbes influence a wide range of host social behaviors and vice versa. So far, however, the mechanisms underpinning these complex interactions remain poorly understood. In social animals, where individuals share microbes and interact around foods, the gut microbiota may have considerable consequences on host social interactions by acting upon the nutritional behavior of individual animals. Here we illustrate how conceptual advances in nutritional ecology can help the study of these processes and allow the formulation of new empirically testable predictions. First, we review key evidence showing that gut microbes influence the nutrition of individual animals, through modifications of their nutritional state and feeding decisions. Next, we describe how these microbial influences and their social consequences can be studied by modelling populations of hosts and their gut microbiota into a single conceptual framework derived from nutritional geometry. Our approach raises new perspectives for the study of holobiont nutrition and will facilitate theoretical and experimental research on the role of the gut microbiota in the mechanisms and evolution of social behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: gut microbiota; nutrition; nutritional geometry; social behavior gut microbiota; nutrition; nutritional geometry; social behavior
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Pasquaretta, C.; Gómez-Moracho, T.; Heeb, P.; Lihoreau, M. Exploring Interactions between the Gut Microbiota and Social Behavior through Nutrition. Genes 2018, 9, 534. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes9110534

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Pasquaretta C, Gómez-Moracho T, Heeb P, Lihoreau M. Exploring Interactions between the Gut Microbiota and Social Behavior through Nutrition. Genes. 2018; 9(11):534. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes9110534

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Pasquaretta, Cristian; Gómez-Moracho, Tamara; Heeb, Philipp; Lihoreau, Mathieu. 2018. "Exploring Interactions between the Gut Microbiota and Social Behavior through Nutrition" Genes 9, no. 11: 534. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes9110534

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