Monthly Archives: October 2019

Looking like the locals – gut microbiome changes post-release in the endangered Tasmanian devils


The microbiome consists of all the various bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes living in and on an organism and can have a dramatic impact on the health and well-being of that organism. Because the gut microbiome of a captive animal can be vastly different from that of its wild-type counterparts, this study looked to examine if such changes were reversible for Tasmanian devils reintroduced back into the wild.