Calling for a systems approach in microbiome research and innovation

Annelein Meisner, Beatrix Wepner, Tanja Kostic, Leo S. van Overbeek, Christine J. Bunthof, Rafael Soares Correa de Souza, Marta Olivares, Yolanda Sanz, Lene Lange, Doreen Fischer, Angela Sessitsch, Hauke Smidt*

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Microbiomes are all around us in natural and cultivated ecosystems, for example, soils, plants, animals and our own body. Microbiomes are essential players of biotechnological applications, and their functions drive human, animal, plant and environmental health. The rapidly developing microbiome research landscape was studied by a global mapping excercise and bibliometric analysis. Although microbiome research is performed in many different science fields, using similar concepts within and across fields, microbiomes are mostly investigated one ecosystem at-a-time. In order to fully understand microbiome impacts and leverage microbial functions, research needs to adopt a systems approach connecting microbiomes and research initiatives in divergent fields to create understanding on how microbiomes can be modulated for desirable functions as a basis of sustainable, circular bioeconomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


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