International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF) and MicrobiomeSupport
The International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF), in particular the activities of the working group ‘food systems microbiomes’, is supported by the MicrobiomeSupport initiative. The members of the IBF comprise of Canada,the European Commission, New Zealand, United States of America, Argentina, China, India and South Africa. As such, MicrobiomeSupport involves 29 partners from all IBF partners. Within Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen Plant Research, the Laboratory of Microbiology and Corporate Strategy and Accounts are involved in this global initiative.
MicrobiomeSupport received funding from the European Commission to establish:
- an international network of stakeholders;
- identify the current state of microbiome research and innovation activities via a mapping activity;
- develop international research and innovation strategies;
- transfer knowledge about microbiomes and its innovations to several stakeholders.
The Food 2030 strategy aims to drive the transformation towards a sustainable bioeconomy of food production via a food systems approach. A food systems approach considers all elements that are important for food production and how food affect health, well-being and the environment.
More information can be found at this website.
Source: European Commission
What is a microbiome?
'Microbiome' is used differently in different disciplines, which leads to problems when interpreting results. MicrobiomeSupport identified the following definition in a dedicated workshop: “A microbiome may be defined as a characteristic microbial community occupying a reasonably well defined habitat which has distinct physio-chemical properties. The term thus not only refers to the microorganisms involved but also encompasses their theatre of activity”.
Microbiomes in Food Systems
Microbiomes occur everywhere around us, including the food system. They play a crucial role in primary production systems, food production and waste streams. Microbiomes in food systems are important for human health and the environment. As such, they contribute to sustainable food production systems.
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