Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (H2020-MSCA-GF) WILDGUT grant information:

Grant Agreement: n. 752399

Coordinator: Claudia Barelli

Funding: EU under project number H2020-MSCA-GF-2016 – 752399

Timeframe: 01.07.2017 - 30.08.2019

University/Department: Fondazione Edmund Mach, Department of Biodiversity and Molecular Ecology

Partners: Fondazione Edmund Mach (Beneficiary), Italy; Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA;

Additional collaborators: MUSE - Science Museum of Trento, Italy; University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic.

Disclaimer: The content of this website reflects only the author’s view.

wildgut | State of art

Calls to stem biodiversity loss have generally focussed on the plight of CHARISMATIC VERTEBRATES (like mammals, birds, fish and amphibians).

However, although the abundance and diversity of microbial and helminth communities inhabiting the gastrointestinal tract have been demonstrated of critical importance to health in both humans and non-human animals, this micro-biodiversity has rarely been considered within a conservation framework.

However, the loss of micro-biodiversity resembles that of ‘westernized’ humans and associated gut dysbioses, highlighting the urgent need for investigating the effects of such loss in other species, especially endangered ones.