Special Issue "Gut microbiota and growth and health of monogastric farm animals"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Physiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Paolo Bosi

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
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Interests: feeding of pigs; weaning; physiology, microbiology, immunity and health of the pig's digestive tract; nutrigenomics of the pig

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Studies on human and mice microbiota have evidenced the relevance of a well-balanced and rapidly established microbiota community in the gut for the host health and well-being. Research has provided new methods and accessible database on microbiota genome annotation and functions. The settlement of the gut microbiota in monogastric farm animals is a complex succession of events denoted by a longitudinal progression in time (birth to adult) and space (proximal to distal). This is reciprocally regulated by a continuous talk with the host functional adaptation and response, starting from the mother environment, with a partial continuity towards any environmental change. There is urgent need of research on rules that dictate the interplay between the host and the microbiota in the context of environmental constrains, including, firstly, the diet. This could support new management and feeding strategies to face the new challenges imposed by raising costs, consumers’ demands, and safety of the final products and of the farm environment.

We invite original research papers that address improved methods for the study of the gut microbiota of monogastric farm animals, its progression during host life, and its adaptation to different segments of the digestive tracts. Also of interest are studies that introduce and test new methods to positively and rapidly manipulate the gut microbiota, assess its association with the efficiency of use of the diet by the animal and the impact on animal health and well-being, and unravel the mechanistic effects, including those related to the development of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue. Additional topics may include the effect of breed, genetic lines, and individuals on the gut microbiota of monogastric farm animals, also in light of the development of more tailored and precise farming practices for animals.

Prof. Paolo Bosi
Guest Editor

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  • Pig
  • Poultry
  • Rabbit
  • Gut microbiota
  • Beneficial microbes
  • Prebiotic
  • Mucosa-associated lymphatic tissue
  • Gut physiology
  • Antimicrobial
  • Animal genome

Published Papers

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