MicrobiomeSupport: Towards coordinated microbiome R&I activities in the food system to support (EU and) international bioeconomy goals

Microbiomes have crucial roles in maintaining life on Earth, and their functions drive human, animal, plant and environmental health. The microbiome research landscape is developing rapidly and is performed in many different science fields using similar concepts but mostly one (eco)system at-a-time. Thus, we are only starting to unravel and understand the interconnectedness of microbiomes across the (eco)systems.

MicrobiomeSupport is a Coordination and Support Action with the overall objective to establish an international network of experts and stakeholders in the field of microbiome food systems research and assess applicability and impact of the microbiomes on the food system.

Key outcomes include:

  • database containing information on microbiome activities, programmes and facilities along the food chain and beyond in the EU and worldwide
  • recommendations for an internationally agreed microbiome definition, best practices and standards, as well as consistent protocols in research
  • establishment of a dialogue between multiple stakeholders (i.e. representatives from science, industry, policy, funding and regulatory bodies)
  • publications showcasing microbiomes potential and current hurdles for their full exploitation
  • educational materials for the general public

Authors: Kazou Maria1, Tsakalidou Effie1, Sessitsch Angela2 and Kostic Tanja2

1Laboratory of Dairy Research, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Bioresources, Tulln, Austria

*corresponding author: kmaria@aua.gr

Keywords: Microbiome, MicrobiomeSupport, Coordination and Support Action

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