The complex communities of microbes that inhabit particular niches are revolutionising the way we think about the world.

Microbiomes are the complex communities of microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa etc.) that inhabit particular environments, such as the human gut, plant leaves or coral reefs. These microbiomes can be very diverse and distinct: for instance the microbes in your mouth will be completely different to the microbes that live on your skin. 

The applications of microbiome research are potentially vast and could transform aspects of healthcare, food production, agriculture and environmental management. Research on microbiomes has progressed at a rapid pace over recent years, due in part to advances in genome-sequencing technology and bioinformatics. Gaining the maximum benefit from microbiome research will require collaborative efforts from different scientific disciplines in academia, as well as across the public and industry sectors. 

The Microbiome Special Interest Group

The Society for Applied Microbiology is delighted to be a member of the Microbiome Special Interest Group Advisory (SIG) Board. The aims of the KTN Microbiome SIG are to develop a proactive, self-sustaining microbiome community in the UK to raise the visibility of the UK’s world leading microbiome science and enable translation of this science to the benefit of the academic institutions, start-ups, SMEs, larger established companies that operate here and to society at large. To find out more, visit the Microbiome Special Interest Group website here.