Bovine respiratory microbiota of feedlot cattle and its association with disease. Academic Article uri icon


  • Bovine respiratory disease (BRD), as one of the most common and costly diseases in the beef cattle industry, has significant adverse impacts on global food security and the economic stability of the industry. The bovine respiratory microbiome is strongly associated with health and disease and may provide insights for alternative therapy when treating BRD. The niche-specific microbiome communities that colonize the inter-surface of the upper and the lower respiratory tract consist of a dynamic and complex ecological system. The correlation between the disequilibrium in the respiratory ecosystem and BRD has become a hot research topic. Hence, we summarize the pathogenesis and clinical signs of BRD and the alteration of the respiratory microbiota. Current research techniques and the biogeography of the microbiome in the healthy respiratory tract are also reviewed. We discuss the process of resident microbiota and pathogen colonization as well as the host immune response. Although associations between the microbiota and BRD have been revealed to some extent, interpreting the development of BRD in relation to respiratory microbial dysbiosis will likely be the direction for upcoming studies, which will allow us to better understand the importance of the airway microbiome and its contributions to animal health and performance.

published proceedings

  • Vet Res

altmetric score

  • 5.08

author list (cited authors)

  • Chai, J., Capik, S. F., Kegley, B., Richeson, J. T., Powell, J. G., & Zhao, J.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Chai, Jianmin||Capik, Sarah F||Kegley, Beth||Richeson, John T||Powell, Jeremy G||Zhao, Jiangchao

publication date

  • January 2022