Resources

Want to know more fun facts about the microbiome generally, 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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Today is #WorldMicrobiomeDay! Let’s celebrate all the ways #microbes help us in our daily lives and raise awareness about the staggering potential of these invisible #microorganisms thriving all around us. Find out more at https://worldmicrobiomeday.com/
The world of microbes is filled with untapped potential!
Microbiome research could lead to successful applications in many topical areas such as climate science & carbon cycling, sustainable energy & biofuels, and health & medicine. #WorldMicrobiomeDay
Humans and animals do not become resistant to antibiotics, but bacteria in and on humans and animals can, making existing antibiotics ineffective. #MindYourMicrobes
Microbes are an unexploited tool in food systems. They definitely deserve more recognition!
Prevention is the best cure!
By preventing infections we can reduce the use of antibiotics and limit the spread of antibiotic resistance.
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.
If you take antibiotics when you actually have a viral infection you will not only NOT cure yourself, but you will kill the beneficial/harmless bacteria in your body and promote antibiotic-resistant properties in bacteria. #MindYourMicrobes
Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. If you have a cold or flu, take care, not antibiotics.
Resistant bacteria can spread through many routes, not only human use. Farm animals treated with antibiotics also play a big role in spreading resistant bacteria through food, contact with other animals, people and the environment. #MindYourMicrobes
Even if you’re feeling better, ALWAYS finish the course of antibiotics (following dose & time) a doctor has prescribed to you to prevent #AntibioticResistance.
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
The soil is alive!
Just as in the human microbiome, within soil there is a whole world of valuable beneficial bacteria and fungi. Research is looking at how food crops can be made more drought tolerant with the support of fungi or bacteria classically associated with other plant species. #WorldMicrobiomeDay
As we celebrate the #WorldMicrobiomeDay, let’s get acquainted with some unusual microbial applications.
Scientists are studying bacteria residing on the sea floor that eat methane, a greenhouse gas & microbes living in compost piles that can help make cheaper biofuels.
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.