Complex communities of microbes – microbiota – are found everywhere: in soil, in (fermented) foods, and both on and inside the human body. Growing evidence suggests that the microbiota are intimately connected to the immune system and help in modulating fundamental processes at the metabolic level or the cellular level. Hence, targeting of the microbiome might be an effective treatment strategy for specific disorders of the gut, skin or oral niche, but may also reduce everyday complaints such as constipation, body odour, bad breath, recurrent infections and dandruff.
At NIZO, we have profound knowledge and experience in applying different techniques to determine microbial diversity. Furthermore, we can identify key microbial players or functions within the community related to human or animal health, food safety, crop development and fermentation.