Abstract:The gastrointestinal tract is host to a diverse microbial ecosystem that can vary depending on both host genetic and environmental factors. Studies have shown that even minor shifts in these populations can have significant impacts on livestock nutrition and productivity. Recent work has reported that the microbiome structures that are naturally occurring in the rumen are highly correlated with, and predictive of the feed efficiency phenotype of an animal (Ben Shabat et al., 2016). The potential for a host-sp… Show more
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