Microbes are microscopic organisms like bacteria, yeasts and other fungi, and they occur everywhere in the food system. Communities of microbes are essential in plant, animal, human and environmental health, with a consequent impact in terms of crop and livestock productivity, food quality and safety as well as for food waste decomposition and recycling processes. The composition of microbe communities differ across the food system, depending on the environmental conditions.

This infographic poster was created by MicrobiomeSupport to show where microbes are found and why they are important, and was also shown at the EU Research & Innovation days 2019 in Brussels.