NIZO identified the faecal microbiota of infants during their first 12 weeks

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NIZO characterized the faecal microbiota of breastfed infants and formula-fed infants at 17 time points during the first 12 weeks of life, together with 5 partners*. The frequent sampling and the use of different molecular technologies gave a very detailed description of the development of the microbiota during life’s early stages. Microbiota development of breastfed compared to formula-fed infants proceeds according to similar developmental stages, but abundance of skin and breast milk associated microbes were increased in the gut microbiome of breastfed infants compared to formula-fed infants. The scientific report of this study was recently published.


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 and fermentation. For more information about our microbiome expertise, contact Michiel Wels.

*St. Antonius Hospital (NL), Nestle (USA), University College Roosevelt (NL), University of Groningen (NL) and Wageningen University (NL)