Microbiome Policy Project

Microbiome research is a rapidly developing area of science and innovation seeking to explore and exploit the complex communities of microbes associated with humans, animals, plants and other environments such as soils and oceans.

What is a microbiome?

Over 2016–2017 the Society’s Microbiome Policy Project explored the opportunities and challenges of microbiome research for health, agriculture and food, environment, and biotechnology. Our Unlocking the Microbiome policy report makes recommendations about how researchers, industry, funders, regulators, policy-makers and other stakeholders can collaborate to help progress and translate microbiome research.

Download the report below

Explore the links below or contact our Policy Team (policy@microbiologysociety.org) for outputs and further information about the project.

Briefing: Human Health Microbiome Research

This briefing will explore the state and potential of microbiome research for human health. This will be available online soon.

 


Briefing: Agriculture and Food Microbiome Research

This briefing will explore the state and potential of microbiome research in crops, livestock and food production for sustainable agriculture, and food safety and security. This will be available online soon.


Briefing: Environmental and Industrial Microbiome Research

This briefing will explore the state and potential of microbiome research for understanding environmental change and biotechnology. This will be available online soon.