Microbes universally and persistently inhabit plants and animals. Microbes play an essential role in ensuring the stability of natural systems. The associated microbes can influence development, fitness and function of a given environmental ecosystem. Therefore, microbiome approaches provide significant opportunities to enhance productivity in food production, agriculture, aquaculture and livestock in environmentally sustainable ways.

Several excellent research groups and companies in the region, such as Chr Hansen and Novozymes are exploring environmental microbial communities to identify beneficial microorganisms that contribute to host health and fitness.


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Examples of publications led by researchers affiliated to the region

Dittmann et al. (2020). Changes in the microbiome of mariculture feed organisms after treatment with a potentially probiotic strain of Phaeobacter inhibens. Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Hendriksen, Munk, Njage et al. (2019). Global monitoring of antimicrobial resistance based on metagenomics analyses of urban sewage. Nature Communications

Garcia-Lemos et al. (2019). Root-Associated Microbial Communities of Abies nordmanniana: Insights Into Interactions of Microbial Communities With Antioxidative Enzymes and Plant Growth. Frontiers in Microbiology

Vesth, Nybo, Theobald et al. (2018). Investigation of inter- and intraspecies variation through genome sequencing of Aspergillus section Nigri. Nature Genetics

Olofsson et al. (2016) Fighting Off Wound Pathogens in Horses with Honeybee Lactic Acid Bacteria. Current Microbiology

Examples of projects within the segment

CeMist - Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites

HoloFood - The Centre for Evolutionary Hologenomics

INTERACT - focus on the essential and mutually beneficial interactions between plants and microbes underground.

MATRIX - focus on the abundant but poorly studied interactions between plants and microbes above the ground.

Microbial production of therapeutic alkaloids - The project focuses on developing a robust microbial platform for production of therapeutic alkaloids

SIMBA - Sustainable Innovation of MicroBiome Applications in food system