Journal article

Novel microbial diversity adherent to plant biomass in the herbivore gastrointestinal tract, as revealed by ribosomal intergenic spacer analysis and rrs gene sequencing

R Larue, ZT Yu, VA Parisi, AR Egan, M Morrison

Environmental Microbiology | WILEY | Published : 2005

Abstract

It is well recognized that a dynamic biofilm develops upon plant biomass in the herbivore gastrointestinal tract, but this component of the microbiome has not previously been specifically sampled, or directly compared with the biodiversity present in the planktonic fraction of digesta. In this study, the digesta collected from four sheep fed two different diets was separated into three fractions: the planktonic phase, and the microbial populations either weakly or tightly adherent to plant biomass. The community DNA prepared from each fraction was then subjected to both ribosomal intergenic spacer analysis (RISA) and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). Both types of analysis show..

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