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Host-microbiota interactions: from holobiont theory to analysis

Simon, Jean-Christophe, Marchesi, Julian R., Mougel, Christophe and Selosse, Marc-André 2019. Host-microbiota interactions: from holobiont theory to analysis. Microbiome 7 (1) , -. 10.1186/s40168-019-0619-4

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In the recent years, the holobiont concept has emerged as a theoretical and experimental framework to study the interactions between hosts and their associated microbial communities in all types of ecosystems. The spread of this concept in many branches of biology results from the fairly recent realization of the ubiquitous nature of host-associated microbes and their central role in host biology, ecology, and evolution. Through this special series “Host-microbiota interactions: from holobiont theory to analysis,” we wanted to promote this field of research which has considerable implications for human health, food production, and ecosystem protection. In this preface, we highlight a collection of articles selected for this special issue that show, use, or debate the concept of holobiont to approach taxonomically and ecologically diverse organisms, from humans and plants to sponges and insects. We also identify some theoretical and methodological challenges and propose directions for future research on holobionts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: BMC (part of Springer Nature)
ISSN: 2049-2618
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 January 2019
Date of Acceptance: 3 January 2019
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 10:45

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