At the Quadram Institute, we’re interested in microbes, and how they interact with us. We carry trillions of microbes on and in our bodies. This population of microbes is known as the microbiota, or microbiome, and we’re now starting to realise how important it is to our health.
Understanding the microbiome in the human gut is a major focus for Quadram Institute researchers. As well as microbes that benefit us, we’re also studying microbes that cause disease, especially ones that get into our bodies on food. As well as helping ensure our food safety, this will help battle other global problems like the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.
Thank you to the QI researchers who helped put this information together, in particular Mark Kirkwood for the cartoons, as well as Andy Goldson, Stephanie Schüller, Kathryn Cross and Mary Parker and all who helped with images.
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