Why Gut Microbes Matter

Understanding Our Microbiome

  • Harry J. Flint

Part of the Fascinating Life Sciences book series (FLS)

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About this book


Given the at times confusing new information concerning the human microbiome released over the last few years, this book seeks to put the research field into perspective for non-specialists. Addressing a timely topic, it breaks down recent research developments in a way that everyone with a scientific background can understand.

The book discusses why microorganisms are vital to our lives and how our nutrition influences the interaction with our own gut bacteria. In turn, it goes into more detail on how microbial communities are organised and why they are able to survive in the unique environment of our intestines. Readers will also learn about how their personal microbial profile is as unique as their fingerprint, and how it can be affected by a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle.

Thanks to the open and easy-to-follow language used, the book offers an overview for all readers with a basic understanding of biology, and sheds new light on this fascinating and important part of our bodies.


Anaerobes Fibre Gut Microbiota Human Health Microbial Ecology Microbiome Nutrition Symbiosis

Authors and affiliations

  • Harry J. Flint
    • 1
  1. 1.Rowett Institute of Nutrition HealthUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-43245-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-43246-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-6745
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-6753
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