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Abiotic and Biotic Factors Regulating Inter-Kingdom Engagement between Insects and Microbe Activity on Vertebrate Remains

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Department of Biological Sciences, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS 39705, USA
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Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Insects 2017, 8(2), 54; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects8020054
Received: 9 February 2017 / Revised: 10 May 2017 / Accepted: 18 May 2017 / Published: 24 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Forensic Entomology)
Abstract: A number of abiotic and biotic factors are known to regulate arthropod attraction, colonization, and utilization of decomposing vertebrate remains. Such information is critical when assessing arthropod evidence associated with said remains in terms of forensic relevance. Interactions are not limited to just between the resource and arthropods. There is another biotic factor that has been historically overlooked; however, with the advent of high-throughput sequencing, and other molecular techniques, the curtain has been pulled back to reveal a microscopic world that is playing a major role with regards to carrion decomposition patterns in association with arthropods. The objective of this publication is to review many of these factors and draw attention to their impact on microbial, specifically bacteria, activity associated with these remains as it is our contention that microbes serve as a primary mechanism regulating associated arthropod behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: decomposition; insect; microbe; microbiome; abiotic; biotic; inter-kingdom; colonization decomposition; insect; microbe; microbiome; abiotic; biotic; inter-kingdom; colonization
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Jordan, H.R.; Tomberlin, J.K. Abiotic and Biotic Factors Regulating Inter-Kingdom Engagement between Insects and Microbe Activity on Vertebrate Remains. Insects 2017, 8, 54.

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