MicrobiomeSupport presents the output of a major mapping exercise! The mapping exercise identifies how the global microbiome research landscape in food systems and beyond evolved from 2019 to 2021. The study was performed by MicrobiomeSupport partners Wageningen University & Reseach and the Austrian Institute of Technology. The report provides baseline information for the further gap analysis and recommendations to the policy sector and to develop strategic research and innovation agendas.
The mapping reveals that microbiome research is performed in many ecosystems (e.g., soils, plants, humans and animals), but research is fragmented within ecosystems and with little connectedness between disciplines. However, the research landscape seems to be slowly evolving as a larger fraction of R&I strategies addressed microbiome in 2021 compared with 2019.
The report recommends that this needs to be translated in multi‐disciplinary research activities in food systems, connecting different areas of microbiome research with other disciplines. Such projects are highly needed to secure sustainable food production, to enable bioeconomy innovations and to combat major crisis, as the Ukraine war, the climate and biodiversity crisis.