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Post-genomics approaches towards monitoring changes within the microbial ecology of the gut

Tuohy, K.M., Abecia, L., Klinder, A., Shen, Q., Deaville, E.R. and Fava, F. (2009) Post-genomics approaches towards monitoring changes within the microbial ecology of the gut. In: Charalampopoulos, D. and Rastall, R.A. (eds.) Prebiotics and probiotics science and technology. Springer, New York. ISBN 9780387790572

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-79058-9_3

Abstract/Summary

The human gut microbiota, comprising many hundreds of different microbial species, has closely co-evolved with its human host over the millennia. Diet has been a major driver of this co-evolution, in particular dietary non-digestible carbohydrates. This dietary fraction reaches the colon and becomes available for microbial fermentation, and it is in the colon that the great diversity of gut microorganisms resides. For the vast majority of our evolutionary history humans followed hunter-gatherer life-styles and consumed diets with many times more non-digestible carbohydrates, fiber and whole plant polyphenol rich foods than typical Western style diets today.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
ID Code:12931
Uncontrolled Keywords:Metagenomics, metabonomics, microbiota, human, diet, prebiotic, fiber, intestine, gut
Publisher:Springer

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