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Want to know more fun facts about the microbiome and its diversity, ongoing microbiome research or other microbiome activities?
We have a whole selection of resources that inspire and empower you to learn more about the microbiome.

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Happy #WorldMicrobiomeDay 2020! 🎉 Let’s celebrate all the ways #microbes help us in our daily lives, their diversity & raise awareness about the staggering potential of these invisible #microorganisms thriving all around us. Find out more at https://worldmicrobiomeday.com/
Microbes play an essential role in mitigating the effects of climate change (e.g. eating methane, fixing CO2). Yet, this doesn’t mean they are not affected by it. #ClimateChange is decreasing their diversity, resilience and ability to respond to it. #diversitymatters
Could microbes be used to identify people in the future? Who knows!
Much like a genetic imprint of an individual, everyone has a diverse, unique #microbiome. Many factors influence our microbiome including genetics, diet, lifestyle, and environment.
The key to a healthy, resilient gut is having a highly diverse #microbiome!
If you do not suffer from any gut problems, achieve this by following a diet with a variety of foods, that includes:
  • Fibre from wholegrains, legumes, fruit & vegs
  • Fermented foods
The marine #microbiome is a major contributor to the health of Earth’s ecosystems. It produces most of the oxygen we breathe, removes CO2 from the atmosphere & serves as food for other organisms. But environmental stress is disrupting its capability of carrying out these vital functions. #WorldMicrobiomeDay
Microbes are the unseen engines of #soilfertility; plant growth & health depends on a variety of functions performed by diverse soil- and root-dwelling microorganisms. Harnessing microbial functions is thus key to productive and sustainable food production. #diversitymatters
Microbes are an unexploited tool in food systems. They definitely deserve more recognition!
Specific lifestyle patterns can be blamed for the loss of diversity in the #gutmicrobiome. This, in turn, has been linked with many chronic diseases affecting people across the globe.
Yet another good reason to strive for a #balancedlifestyle. 💪
Microbial communities can create a second skin on the surface of their host (human, animal, or plant) acting like a barrier against the environment (e.g. dangerous #microbes). They can also interact with the host from within, carrying out a number of functions. #diversitymatters
The invisible world of microbes is filled with untapped potential.
Scientists are studying microbes living on the seafloor that eat methane (a greenhouse gas) and microbes in piles of waste that can digest plastic or help make cheaper biofuels. #WorldMicrobiomeDay
The bacteria in our gut play an important role in our lives and in the way our bodies function. Researchers continue to discover that the gut microbiome influences other organ systems, for example the nervous system, brain and liver.
The marine microbiome produces most of the oxygen we breathe and plays a key role in the removal of CO2. However, at the current rate of CO2 emissions, microbes cannot keep up which causes ocean temperatures to rise and acidity to increase, posing significant challenges for the marine microbiome and the life it supports.
Trillion of microbes call the human body home. While some reside in the skin & mouth, 90 to 95% of our microbiome is in our gut. Research is linking specific bacteria, or lack of them, with health issues like heart disease or mental health. #MindYourMicrobes
From soil to oceans microbes are everywhere. Thanks to its overarching nature, knowledge of the potential of microbial systems, or microbiomes, throughout the food chains, is seen as a promising means to ensuring the sustainability of our food system.