Microbial Ecology of Growing Animals: Biology of Growing Animals Series

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Elsevier Health Sciences, Apr 19, 2005 - Medical - 522 pages
The complexity of the microbial population of the animal gastro-intestinal trac has been recognised long ago. However, thus far, investigations have been limited to a few major groups, considered to be dominating, and pathogens that are detrimental and may case diseases and concomitant financial losses in the production animal. Thanks to the latest developments, including improved micriological detection and sampling techniques, and the application of molecular tools to monitor the presence of specific strains in the intestine, our knowlede has increased rapidly in recent years. In addition, new approaches towards improving and/or stabilising animal health, are addressed, with special emphasis on probiotics, and also with regard to the use selected bacterial strains as vehicles for delivery of pharmaceutically active compounds to the muscosa. The book is unique in several respects, not only by its coverage of an extremely wide area in animal gut microbiology, but also by the fact that production animals such as fish and reindeer are included. Scope and treatment of the subject matter and the kind of information that can be found in the volume: Colonisation and development (succession), and mucosal surface composition of the normal microbial population flora in the healthy animal are addressed, whilst estensive information is given on diverse and dominating bacterial populations of different animal types. Reference is also made to those microbial groups considered to be of special benefit to the health and immune protection of the (young) animal bacteria. The development and application of models of the Gastro-Intestinal tract provides a solid basis for studying gut microbial interactions, whilst molecular approaches and the us of molecular tools to monitor the presence of specific strains in the intestine is treated in a comprehensive manner.
  • Wide coverage of different animal types and their gut microbial ecology
  • Extensive and partly new information on the major microbial groups associated with the animal gastro-intestinal tract
  • The book is unique and partly new information and up-to-date information proved in the chapters as a whole

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    Development of the digestive tract of gnotobiotic animals
    Metabolism and population dynamics of the intestinal microflora in the growing pig
    Rumen protozoa in the growing domestic ruminant
    Microbial ecology of the digestive tract in reindeer seasonal changes
    Microbial ecology of the gastrointestinal tract of the growing dog and cat
    Molecular approaches in the study of gut microecology
    Models of the gastrointestinal tract to study microbial interactions
    Adhesins and receptors for colonization by different pathotypes of Escherichia coli in calves and young pigs
    Bacterial colonization of avian mucosal surfaces
    Mucosal immunity and the bovine enteromammary link evolutionary established dialogue between antigen and arms of immune system
    Development of the immune response in relation to bacterial disease in the growing fish
    Development of lactobacilli for mucosal immunization
    The influence of the lactic acid bacteria and other resident microflora on the immune system of the growing animal
    Prospects of fish probiotics
    Antimicrobial activity of lactic acid bacteria isolated from aquatic animals and the use of lactic acid bacteria in aquaculture
    Enhancement of the efficacy of probiotic microorganisms in nutrition and prevention of diseases of the young animal

    The farm animal as potential reservoir of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the food chain
    Pathogenesis and the gastrointestinal tract of growing fish
    Modelling of salmonellosis
    Strategies for the prevention of E coli infection in the young animal

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