Welcome to The Microbiome Portal: basic and applied research about microbiomes

Welcome to The Microbiome Portal: basic and applied research about microbiomes

The Microbiome Portal wants to provide you with new information about the basic and applied research that is being done now about the microbiomes.

The Microbiome Portal includes comments about recent publications and preprints, news, events, resources and big projects around the microbiomes from any origin: human, plants, environmental. It provides information about the microbiome from living beings, the air and the earth. A special interest will be focused on the different areas of application of the microbiome research findings.

Definition of Microbiome from the National Microbiome Initiative (The White House)

Microbiomes are the communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans, and the atmosphere. Microbiomes maintain healthy function of these diverse ecosystems, influencing human health, climate change, food security, and other factors. Dysfunctional microbiomes are associated with issues including human chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and asthma; local ecological disruptions such as the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico; and reductions in agricultural productivity. Numerous industrial processes such as biofuel production and food processing depend on healthy microbial communities. Although new technologies have enabled exciting discoveries about the importance of microbiomes, scientists still lack the knowledge and tools to manage microbiomes in a manner that prevents dysfunction or restores healthy function.

FACT SHEET: Announcing the National Microbiome Initiative

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Salmonella bacteria, a common cause of food poisoning, invade an immune cell.

Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health




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