Through genomic sequencing, human beings are now able to recognize more bacteria than we knew were living among us. In fact, we have only cultured 1% of all bacteria on Earth. Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D., MPH, executive director and CEO of the American Society for Microbiology, joined Research!America and member organizations for a webinar on Friday, September 16 for a discussion about the microbiome, communities of microorganisms vital to our bodies, our ecosystems, and our world. Bacteria are more important than we may realize. Ocean microbes produce half of the oxygen that we breathe on this planet.
The National Microbiome Initiative supports interdisciplinary research and an integrated workforce for the development of innovative technologies, collecting fascinating new information about this ubiquitous community of microorganisms. Advances in microbiome research will contribute to health care, food production, and environmental restoration, as well as improvements to health across the globe.