OCEANUS SEMINAR SERIES | Ori Furman | 26 May | 11h30


Title: Insights into the bovine rumen microbiome


Name: Ori Furman


We investigate the forces that drive the assembly of rumen microbiomes throughout a cow’s life, with emphasis on the balance between stochastic and deterministic processes. We analyzed the development of the rumen microbiome from birth to adulthood and found that the animals shared a group of core successional species that invaded early on and persisted until adulthood. We also detected dramatic changes in microbiome development dynamics between animals delivered by C-section vs. natural birth, with the former undergoing much more rapid species invasion and accelerated microbiome development. Overall, our findings show that together with strong deterministic constraints imposed by diet and age, stochastic colonization in early life has long-lasting impacts on the development of animal microbiome


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