Scientists have discovered that corpses share more in common than previously thought when it comes to microbial networks, according to new research published in Nature Microbiology. Dead bodies contain bacteria and fungal decomposers that are rare in the rest of the world, and these microbes play an essential role in the natural world by breaking down corpses and becoming part of the “decomposition ecosystem” to help with plant production.
The study involved burying 36 donated corpses in different locations with distinct environmental features. Despite the varying conditions, the researchers found that all the samples taken from the bodies featured the same selection of microbes. The experts also believe that insects could carry these microbes to decomposing human and animal remains.
Dr. Devin Finaughty, not involved in the study, explained that decomposition is a process where organisms consume organic material for food, breeding ground, nursery, and shelter. It’s different from physical degradation of organic remains by erosive forces like water. The decomposition system revolves around dead bodies as a resource for many organisms.
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