The proposed study aims to contribute to our understanding of the relationship between host feeding behavior and the gut microbiota in a comparative, evolutionary context. Specifically, it examines how food antimicrobial properties affect primate food choice in three sympatric primate species with different dietary niches (Alouatta belzebul - folivore, Pithecia chrysocephala - granivore, Sapajus [formerly Cebus] flavius - omnivore). To achieve this goal, we will test the effect of food and non-food plant items on the fecal microbiomes of each primate species.
|Effective start/end date||3/1/21 → 12/31/22|
- L. S. B. Leakey Foundation (Letter 7/14/21)
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