The Holobiont Imperative

Perspectives from Early Emerging Animals

  • Thomas C. G. Bosch
  • David J. Miller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Thomas C. G. Bosch, David J. Miller
    Pages 1-10
  3. Thomas C. G. Bosch, David J. Miller
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  4. Thomas C. G. Bosch, David J. Miller
    Pages 27-46
  5. Thomas C. G. Bosch, David J. Miller
    Pages 47-55
  6. Thomas C. G. Bosch, David J. Miller
    Pages 57-65
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    Pages 67-77
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    Pages 79-97
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  12. Thomas C. G. Bosch, David J. Miller
    Pages 135-138
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 139-155

About this book

Introduction

This book examines how the growing knowledge of the huge range of animal-bacterial interactions, whether in shared ecosystems or intimate symbioses, is fundamentally altering our understanding of animal biology. Individuals from simple invertebrates to human are not solitary, homogenous entities but consist of complex communities of many species that likely evolved during a billion years of coexistence. Defining the individual microbe-host conversations in these consortia, is a challenging but necessary step on the path to understanding the function of the associations as a whole. The hologenome theory of evolution considers the holobiont with its hologenome as a unit of selection in evolution. This new view may have profound impact on understanding a strictly microbe/symbiont-dependent life style and its evolutionary consequences. It may also affect the way how we approach complex environmental diseases from corals (coral bleaching) to human (inflammatory bowel disease etc). The book is written for scientists as well as medically interested persons in the field of immunobiology, microbiology, evolutionary biology, evolutionary medicine and corals.

Keywords

beneficial microbes evolution evolutionary medicine host associated microbiology innate immunity symbiosis

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas C. G. Bosch
    • 1
  • David J. Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.Zoological InstituteChristianAlbrechtsUniversitätzuKielKielGermany
  2. 2.ARC Cnt. of Execl. for Coral Reef Stud.James Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-7091-1896-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Wien 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7091-1894-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7091-1896-2
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