Type: Book

Understanding gut microbiomes as targets for improving pig gut health


Dr Mick Bailey is Professor of Comparative Immunology at the University of Bristol’s world-famous Veterinary School. Professor Bailey has an international reputation for his research on the development of the mucosal immune system in pigs.

Dr Chris Stokes is Emeritus Professor in the Bristol Veterinary School. Professor Stokes is also internationally known for his research on immune development in pigs.



Publication date:

28 December 2021

Length of book:

400 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786764874

Hardback - £150.00
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The pig production sector faces many challenges, including the need to improve feed efficiency to reduce emissions from manure, finding alternative methods to prevent the onset of diseases affecting swine, as well as ensuring that the welfare of pigs is consistent with consumer and regulatory agencies’ expectations.

Understanding gut microbiomes as targets for improving gut health offers a comprehensive coverage on the wealth of research on the porcine gastrointestinal tract, its key role in pig health and nutrition, as well as its implications for improving feed efficiency and growth. This collection details how optimising the gut microbiome can contribute to an overall improvement in pig health.

Edited by Professor Mick Bailey and Emeritus Professor Chris Stokes, University of Bristol, UK, Understanding gut microbiomes as targets for improving gut health will be a standard reference text for pig/swine scientists in universities and research centres, pig feed manufacturers, and government and private sector agencies advising pig farmers on health and nutrition.

Key features

  • Provides a comprehensive coverage of the key ecosystem services delivered by the gut microbiome 
  • Analysis of the pig gut microbiome and its relationship with the pig gastrointestinal tract 
  • In-depth focus on the techniques available to optimise gut function as a means for improving pig gut health

What others are saying...

“Relevant and timely. I have followed the work of Professor’s Bailey and Stokes for many years and this project is yet another important contribution to the knowledge base involving gut health of pigs.”
Dr. Tom Burkey; Professor, Department of Animal Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; President, Digestive Physiology of Pigs-North America; U.S. Representative to the Digestive Physiology of Pigs International Steering Committee

Table of contents

Part 1 The gut microbiome and pig gut health
1.Microbial ecosystems as targets for improving pig gut health: Mick Bailey and Chris Stokes, University of Bristol, UK;
2.Metabolic services delivered by the pig gut microbiome: Michael Gänzle, University of Alberta, Canada;
3.Microbiological services delivered by the pig gut microbiome: Peadar Lawlor, Teagasc, Ireland;

Part 2 Analysing the pig gut microbiome
4.Characterising microbial communities in the pig gastrointestinal tract: Tom Clavel, RWTH Aachen, Germany;
5.Understanding the relationship between the microbiome and the structure and function of the pig gastrointestinal tract: Wei-Yun Zhu, Nanjing Agricultural University, China;
6.Understanding the development of the gut microbiome in pigs: an overview: Claire Rogel Gaillard, INRA, France;

Part 3 Techniques to optimise gut function by manipulating gut microbiomes
7.The use of prebiotics to optimise gut function in pigs: Barbara Metzler-Zebeli, University of Veterinary Medicine - Vienna, Austria;
8.The use of dietary fibre to optimise gut function in pigs: Barbara Williams, University of Queensland, Australia;
9.The use of exogenous enzymes to optimise gut function in pigs: David Torrallardona, IRTA, Spain;
10.Improving gut function in pigs to prevent dysbiosis and post-weaning diarrhoea: Charlotte Lauridsen, Aarhus University, Denmark;
11.Improving gut function in pigs to prevent pathogen colonisation: Paolo Trevisi, University of Bologna, Italy;
12.Microbial protein metabolism in the monogastric gut: a review: John Pluske, Murdoch University, Australia;