A recent study published in Nature Microbiology has shed new light on the microbial networks that exist in dead bodies. The study found that corpses, regardless of their origin, share many similarities when it comes to these microbial communities.
Researchers bury 36 donated corpses in different locations with varying environmental conditions, and despite these differences, they found that all the samples taken from the bodies contained the same selection of microbes. This includes bacteria and fungal decomposers that are rare in other parts of the world.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Jane Smith, explained that these microbes play a crucial role in the natural world by breaking down corpses and becoming part of the “decomposition ecosystem.” They help with plant production by providing nutrients back into the soil.
Insects could also play a role in spreading these microbes to decomposing human and animal remains, as they are known to carry bacteria and fungi from one location to another. Dr. Devin Finaughty, who was not involved in the study, explained that decomposition is the process by which organic material is consumed by other organisms for food, breeding ground, nursery, and shelter.
Overall, this research provides valuable insights into the interconnectedness of all living things and highlights the importance of understanding how microbial networks function within different environments. If you want to receive more news like this sign up for our free indy100 weekly newsletter or join our WhatsApp channel to stay updated on our news democracy!