Masters Thesis

Identification and study of bacteria associated with deer.

The primary emphasis in most studies of bacteria and the relationship they have with their host is directed at the study of pathogenic species and the diseases caused by them, However, in addition to the pathogenic bacteria, there are many bacteria which are essentially nonpathogenic and can often be found in very healthy animals. These bacteria, although differing from animal to animal, perform important biological functions and in doing so affect both directly and indirectly an animal's general health. In spite of the contribution of the normal bacteria, only a few studies have been performed which attempt to determine the normal populations of even some of our most common domestic and wild animals.

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