Skin microbes

One of our research focusses on the impact of skin microbes on odour production. It is still unclear why genetic similar individuals smell more similar. One possibility is that the skin microbe community, which is potentially invovled in body odour production is shaped by the genotype. As a consequence we expect skin microbe communities or at least part of the communities to be similar across different body regions.

In cooperation with our collaegues from the CeBiTec  we confirmed this hypothesis in our first paper and showed that zebra finches, as well as Bengalese finches and diamond firetails show individual specific as well as species specific skin microbe communities. link

Related Publications

Grosser S, Sauer J, Paijmans AJ, Caspers BA, Forcada J, Wolf JB, & Hoffman JI (2019). Fur seal microbiota are shaped by the social and physical environment, show mother‐offspring similarities and are associated with host genetic quality. Molecular ecology.
Maraci O, Engel K, Caspers BA (2018) Olfactory Communication via Microbiota: What Is Known in Birds? Genes 9, 387: doi:10.3390/genes9080387  link
Engel, K., Sauer, J., Jünemann, S., Winkler, A., Wibberg, D., Kalinowski, J., … & Caspers, B. A. (2017). Individual-and Species-Specific Skin Microbiomes in Three Different Estrildid Finch Species Revealed by 16S Amplicon Sequencing. Microbial ecology, 1-12. link