Dietary Biopolymers: Fermentation Potentials of a Primitive Gut Ecosystem

Dietary Biopolymers: Fermentation Potentials of a Primitive Gut Ecosystem

October 16, 2019

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

November 18, 2019, 1:30 pm (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Lydia Zeibich, PhD, Research Associate, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Gut microbial communities are of interest because of their importance to animal health.  The alimentary canal of the earthworm is representative of primitive gut ecosystems and is dominated by ingested microbes. Gut fermenters capable of degrading dietary biopolymers (plant- and microbe-derived) might contribute to the impact and survival of this invertebrate that enhances soil fertility and plant productivity. However, almost nothing is known about the capacity of these gut fermenters to utilize biopolymers, and the talk will focus on studies aimed at filling in this gap of knowledge. Despite the primitive nature of the earthworm gut, these studies highlight processes of potential importance to more advanced gut ecosystems.