Improving the assessment of ecosystem and wildlife health: microbiome as an early indicator

Maria Puig Ribas, Manuel García-Ulloa, Johan Espunyes, Oscar Cabezón

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Human activities are causing dramatic declines in ecosystem health, compromising the functioning of the life-support system, economic activity, and animal and human health. In this context, monitoring the health of ecosystems and wildlife populations is crucial for determining ecological dynamics and assessing management interventions. A growing body of evidence indicates that microbiome provides a meaningful early indicator of ecosystem and wildlife health. Microbiome is ubiquitous and both environmental and host-associated microbiomes rapidly reflect anthropogenic disturbances. However, we still need to overcome current limitations such as nucleic acid degradation, sequencing depth, and the establishment of baseline data to maximize the potential of microbiome studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102923
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


  • Animals
  • Animals, Wild
  • Humans
  • Microbiota
  • Metagenomics
  • Index
  • Biodiversity
  • Perturbations


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