Priming for welfare: gut microbiota is associated with equitation conditions and behavior in horse athletes
We simultaneously measured the fecal microbiota and multiple environmental and host-related variables in a cohort of 185 healthy horses reared in similar conditions during a period of eight months. The pattern of rare bacteria varied from host to host and was largely different between two time points. Among a suite of variables examined, equitation factors were highly associated with the gut microbiota variability, evoking a relationship between gut microbiota and high levels of physical and mental stressors. Behavioral indicators that pointed toward a compromised welfare state (e.g. stereotypies, hypervigilance and aggressiveness) were also associated with the gut microbiota, reinforcing the notion for the existence of the microbiota-gut-brain axis. These observations were consistent with the microbiability of behaviour traits (> 15%), illustrating the importance of gut microbial composition to animal behaviour. As more elite athletes suffer from stress, targeting the microbiota offers a new opportunity to investigate the bidirectional interactions within the brain gut microbiota axis.
636 - Animal husbandry and breeding in general. Livestock rearing. Breeding of domestic animals
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Mach, Núria, Alice Ruet, Allison Clark, David Bars-Cortina, Yuliaxis Ramayo-Caldas, Elisa Crisci, and Samuel Pennarun et al. 2020. "Priming For Welfare: Gut Microbiota Is Mach, Núria, Alice Ruet, Allison Clark, David Bars-Cortina, Yuliaxis Ramayo-Caldas, Elisa Crisci, and Samuel Pennarun et al. 2020. "Priming For Welfare: Gut Microbiota Is Associated With Equitation Conditions And Behavior In Horse Athletes". Scientific Reports 10 (1). doi:10.1038/s41598-020-65444-9.
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EC/H2020/665919/EU/Opening Sphere UAB-CEI to PostDoctoral Fellows/P-SPHERE
Genètica i Millora Animal
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