The union of microbiology and neurobiology, which has been termed microbial endocrinology, is defined as the study of the ability of microorganisms to produce and respond to neurochemicals that originate either within the microorganisms themselves or within the host they inhabit. It serves as the basis for an evolutionarily derived method of communication between a host and its microbiota. Mechanisms elucidated by microbial endocrinology give new insight into the ways the microbiota can affect host stress, metabolic efficiency, resistance to disease, and other factors that may prove relevant to the dairy industry.
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- microbiota-gut-brain axis