Type: Chapter

The influence of gut microbiome on developing immune and metabolic systems in the young pig


Mick Bailey

University of Bristol

Emily Porter

University of Bristol

Ore Francis

University of Bristol

Publication date:

12 March 2018

ID: 9781838795153

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The immune and metabolic systems of young piglets develop after birth, and the rate and type of development are strongly associated with the rate and type of colonisation of the intestine with bacteria. This chapter describes the enteric and mucosal immune systems of pigs and presents evidence from experimental studies of the links between the immune system and microbiota. The chapter describes the microbiome and metabolism of pigs and highlights its importance in the development of pig immune systems.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 The mucosal immune system
3 Experimental studies of the links between the immune system and microbiota
4 The microbiome and metabolism
5 Conclusion
6 Where to look for further information
7 References