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Enrichment of beneficial bacteria in the skin microbiota of bats persisting with white-nose syndrome

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Enrichment of beneficial bacteria in the skin microbiota of bats persisting with white-nose syndrome
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Microbiome, September 2017
DOI 10.1186/s40168-017-0334-y
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Virginie Lemieux-Labonté, Anouk Simard, Craig K. R. Willis, François-Joseph Lapointe


Infectious diseases of wildlife are increasing worldwide with implications for conservation and human public health. The microbiota (i.e. microbial community living on or in a host) could influence wildlife disease resistance or tolerance. White-nose syndrome (WNS), caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), has killed millions of hibernating North American bats since 2007. We characterized the skin microbiota of naïve, pre-WNS little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) from three WNS-negative hibernation sites and persisting, previously exposed bats from three WNS-positive sites to test the hypothesis that the skin microbiota of bats shifts following WNS invasion. Using high-throughput 16S rRNA gene sequencing on 66 bats and 11 environmental samples, we found that hibernation site strongly influenced the composition and diversity of the skin microbiota. Bats from WNS-positive and WNS-negative sites differed in alpha and beta diversity, as well as in microbiota composition. Alpha diversity was reduced in persisting, WNS-positive bats, and the microbiota profile was enriched with particular taxa such Janthinobacterium, Micrococcaceae, Pseudomonas, Ralstonia, and Rhodococcus. Some of these taxa are recognized for their antifungal activity, and specific strains of Rhodococcus and Pseudomonas are known to inhibit Pd growth. Composition of the microbial community in the hibernaculum environment and the community on bat skin was superficially similar but differed in relative abundance of some bacterial taxa. Our results are consistent with the hypothesis that Pd invasion leads to a shift in the skin microbiota of surviving bats and suggest the possibility that the microbiota plays a protective role for bats facing WNS. The detection of what appears to be enrichment of beneficial bacteria in the skin microbiota of persisting bats is a promising discovery for species re-establishment. Our findings highlight not only the potential value of management actions that might encourage transmission, growth, and establishment of beneficial bacteria on bats, and within hibernacula, but also the potential risks of such management actions.

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Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 17 21%
Researcher 14 18%
Student > Master 10 13%
Student > Bachelor 9 11%
Other 8 10%
Other 11 14%
Unknown 11 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 32 40%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 13 16%
Environmental Science 9 11%
Immunology and Microbiology 6 8%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 3 4%
Other 5 6%
Unknown 12 15%

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