Thank You for Biting: Dispersal of Beneficial Microbiota through 'Antagonistic' Interactions
Trends in Microbiology
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Multicellular organisms harbor populations of microbial symbionts; some of these symbionts can be dispersed through the feeding activities of consumers. Studies of consumer-mediated microbiota dispersal generally focus on pathogenic microorganisms; the dispersal of beneficial microorganisms has received less attention, especially in the context of 'antagonistic' trophic interactions (e.g., herbivory, parasitism, predation). Yet, this 'trophic transmission' of beneficial symbionts has significant implications for microbiota assembly and resource species (e.g., prey) health. For example, trophic transmission of microorganisms could assist with environmental acclimatization and help resource species to suppress other consumers or competitors. Here, we highlight model systems and approaches that have revealed these potential 'silver-linings' of antagonism as well as opportunities and challenges for future research.
Grupstra, C.G.B.; LeMoine, Nathan P.; Cook, Chelsea N.; and Correa, Adrienne M.S., "Thank You for Biting: Dispersal of Beneficial Microbiota through 'Antagonistic' Interactions" (2022). Biological Sciences Faculty Research and Publications. 936.