Animal-to-animal variation in fecal microbial diversity among beef cattle

Lisa M. Durso, Gregory P. Harhay, Timothy P.L. Smith, James L. Bono, Todd Z. DeSantis, Dayna M. Harhay, Gary L. Andersen, James E. Keen, William W. Laegreid, Michael L. Clawson

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The intestinal microbiota of beef cattle are important for animal health, food safety, and methane emissions. This full-length sequencing survey of 11,171 16S rRNA genes reveals animal-to-animal variation in communities that cannot be attributed to breed, gender, diet, age, or weather. Beef communities differ from those of dairy. Core bovine taxa are Identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4858-4862
Number of pages5
JournalApplied and environmental microbiology
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Ecology


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