General Introduction

Prebiotics in Nutrition

Authored by: Marcel B. Roberfroid

Handbook of Prebiotics

Print publication date:  January  2008
Online publication date:  January  2008

Print ISBN: 9780849381713
eBook ISBN: 9780849381829
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780849381829.ch1

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Abstract

A complex community of microorganisms inhabits the mammalian gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, but the colon is, by far, the main site of this microbial colonization [1]. Over the last 20–25 years, our knowledge on the complexity of this microbiota has increased considerably. Paramount to such a progress is the development and validation of a diversity of new molecular-based microbiological methodologies that have provided unequivocal evidence of composition [24]:

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