Nonhuman primates (NHPs) are our closest extant relatives, and their study has contributed significantly to understanding our own origins, biology and behaviors. However, the nature of human-NHPs relationships is not just limited to their value as evolutionary models; NHPs are important indicators of ecosystem biodiversity, anthropogenic disturbances and disease ecology. New science frontiers have not only revealed new details of these human-NHP dynamics, but have shown us that NHPs hold clues to understand the future of public health in human populations. One example of these novel frontiers is the study of the microbiome of NHP populations. In this talk, I will describe how the microbiome, defined as the collection of microbial communities inhabiting a given ecosystem, has further highlighted the importance of NHPs as powerful indicators and/or predictors of ecosystem health, biodiversity and human public health.
|Translated title of the contribution||The gut microbiome of nonhuman primates: Lessons in ecology, health and evolution|
|Journal||Revista Facultad Nacional de Agronomia Medellin|
|State||Published - 2021|
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- Gut microbiome
- Nonhuman primates