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Trends Ecol Evol. 2013 Jun;28(6):325-6. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2012.10.013. Epub 2012 Nov 7.

Gut microbiota and kin recognition.

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Evolution, Ecology and Behavior, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK. anne.lize@liverpool.ac.uk

Abstract

The animal gut contains a large reservoir of symbionts. Whilst these microbes have obvious physiological functions in, for example, digestion and immune defence, they can also affect their host's behavior. Increasing evidence suggests that gut microbiota alters the scent of an individual, thereby affecting mate choice and kin recognition.

PMID:
23141109
DOI:
10.1016/j.tree.2012.10.013
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