The effect of plant antimicrobial properties on primate food choice

Project: Research project

Project Details


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 date3/1/2112/31/22


  • L. S. B. Leakey Foundation (Letter 7/14/21)


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