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Fundamentals of Microbiome Science: How Microbes Shape Animal Biology

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By: Angela E Douglas(Author)

248 pages, 76 b/w illustrations, 2 tables

Princeton University Press

Hardback | 2018 | #239408 | ISBN-13: 9780691160344
Available for pre-order: Due May 2018 Details
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About this book

Fundamentals of Microbiome Science provides an accessible and authoritative guide to the fundamental principles of microbiome science, an exciting and fast-emerging new discipline that is reshaping many aspects of the life sciences. Resident microbes in healthy animals – including humans – can dictate many traits of the animal host. This animal microbiome is a second immune system conferring protection against pathogens; it can structure host metabolism in animals as diverse as reef corals and hibernating mammals; and it may influence animal behaviour, from social recognition to emotional states. These microbial partners can also drive ecologically important traits, from thermal tolerance to diet, and have contributed to animal diversification over long evolutionary timescales.

Drawing on concepts and data across a broad range of disciplines and systems, Angela Douglas provides a conceptual framework for understanding these animal-microbe interactions while shedding critical light on the scientific challenges that lie ahead. Douglas explains why microbiome science demands creative and interdisciplinary thinking – the capacity to combine microbiology with animal physiology, ecological theory with immunology, and evolutionary perspectives with metabolic science.

An essential introduction to a cutting-edge field that is revolutionizing the life sciences, Fundamentals of Microbiome Science explains why microbiome science presents a more complete picture of the biology of humans and other animals, and how it can deliver novel therapies for many medical conditions and new strategies for pest control.

"Highly recommended. Angela Douglas has produced a book of great scholarship, clarity, and intelligence – and with the loving touch of a biologist. Douglas has much to teach students and experts alike."
– Martin J. Blaser, author of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

"This ambitious book surveys animal-microbe associations and reimagines the animal as a multi-organismal being. Douglas nicely balances conceptual points and detailed examples, making the text both accessible to anyone with a basic background in biology and interesting to specialists in symbiosis and microbiome science. Fundamentals of Microbiome Science is a very enjoyable read."
– David Berry, University of Vienna

"A very significant contribution to the emerging field of animal-bacteria symbiosis. I am not aware of any other book that covers this topic so exhaustively and in such an integrated, up-to-date, and comprehensive manner."
– François Leulier, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris


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Biography

Angela E. Douglas is the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor of Insect Physiology and Toxicology at Cornell University. Her books include The Symbiotic Habit and Symbiotic Interactions.

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