Our planet is made up of complex biomass mainly consisting of microbes. The microbes in such systems not only interact with themselves but also with other life forms ranging from plants to animals including humans. Due to the advancement in integrative multi-omics approaches, it is now possible to evaluate their behaviour in complex microbial communities when exposed to certain key ecosystem drivers on their microbial colonization, functioning and response to different stressors.
In SynCTI, this framework is being used to identify the key gut microbial community members, which play a central role in regulating glycaemic index and diabetes. Similar studies has also found wide applications in monitoring the health of waterways ecosystems and to identify the environmental variables that associate with outbreak of specific microbial species. Using the combination of ecological, life sciences and computational approaches to understand microbiome and biofilm processes, different sectors, such as, agriculture, environment or human health can be benefited. This can further lead to sustainable management interventions that are based on ecological principles.
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