Why do you care about which microbes are in your gut? (functions of gut…
Why do you care about which microbes are in your gut?
Stability of gut ecosystem
Which groups of microbes?
More likely to have trouble rebounding from disturbance
gaps in roles/functions performed
robust/resistant to disturbance
multiple microbes can do same job, functional redundancy
Who dominates? relative abundance
diet/lifestyle induced changes?
functions of gut ecosystem
digest complex plant carbs
train immune system
protect from pathogens
physically changing gut environment
metabolic byproducts other bacteria feed upon