Project

Pathogen-driven gastrointestinal microbiota in passerines: anthropogenic environments as a model.

Code
3F019913
Duration
01 October 2013 → 30 September 2017
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • Microbiology
    • Systems biology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
    • Other veterinary sciences
    • Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
Keywords
gastrointestinal microbiota house-sparrows salmonella
 
Project description

Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium could be the cause of fatal septicaemia in wild birds. The general hypothesis of this project is that birds living in urban, suburban and rural regions may locally adapt to increased pathogen pressure through GI microbial composition alteration which, in turn, reduces the pathogen’s virulence. This hypothesis will be investigated in field populations of house sparrows along urbanization gradients.