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Written by Anouk van Breukelen
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Diversity of hindgut microflora and link to laminitis

Microflora in the hindgut of horses are essential for maintaining gut homeostasis. The microflora have been hypothesized to contribute to various diseases, including chronic laminitis. 

The results show that there was higher diversity of bacteria in the horses with chronic laminitis. However, there was a large individual variation between horses that suggests that bacterial populations are influenced by other environmental factors that were not taken into account in this study. The data of this study provides a foundation for future research of hindgut microflora and its influence in the development and progression in chronic laminitis.

> From: Steelman et al., BMC Veterinary Research 8 (2012) 231. All rights reserved to BioMed Central Ltd.. Click here for the online summary.

Anouk van Breukelen
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