SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Supplements, Health & Nutrition - EuropeUS edition

News > Research

Read more breaking news

 

 
Dispatches from Microbiota 2011

Genomics fires Microbiota 2011 to new heights

By Shane Starling in Paris , 15-Dec-2011
Last updated on 15-Dec-2011 at 12:23 GMT2011-12-15T12:23:12Z

Genomics fires Microbiota 2011 to new heights
Genomics fires Microbiota 2011 to new heights
Loading the player...

Mapping the microbiome and the increasing sophistication of gene sequencing and analysis have in just a few years completely changed the research landscape for microbiota, and looks set to answer many to-date unresolved ‘mechanism of action’ questions.

After two days of high-level scientific presentations meshed with commercial possibilities, along with debate dominated by cutting edge genomic revelations, the co-chairs of Microbiota 2011 scan the event’s highlights, and look forward to next year’s edition.

“If the delegates come they want us to pay attention to the high level in science,” said Microbiota founder and co-chair, Jean-Michel Pommet.

“Perfect mix of business and science”

Pommet’s co-chair for the event, Koos Oosterhaven, business manager at NIZO Food Research in the Netherlands highlighted the event’s multiple targets.

“It was a very exciting conference I would say – it’s the perfect mix of business and science…the science is progressing in such a way that they are going from names of microorganisms on the body, in the body, cavities, into gene function,” he said.

“So what does it mean that all these microorganisms are on our body, or in our body cavities? What do they do there? Why are they there? Even more important for business, how could that gene function be used in order to turn that into cosmetics, or into topical applications, or into prebiotic or probiotic functionalities.”

“It needs a multi-disciplinary approach from now on…”

Related products

Overcoming the taboo of vaginal health – the next frontier of probiotics

Overcoming the taboo of vaginal health – the next frontier of probiotics

A paradigm shift is needed to force delicate women’s health issues like vaginal infections...

FiE 2015: Our best bits

FiE 2015: Our best bits

Our teams of journalists were out in force at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) last...

New tech on EFSA’s horizon: Crowdsourcing and cyber assistants

New tech on EFSA’s horizon: Crowdsourcing and cyber assistants

New technology like crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence computers is the future of risk assessment,...

EFSA’s Bernhard Url: Science should reserve one private room for open debate

EFSA’s Bernhard Url: Science should reserve one private room for open debate

Since taking the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) throne last summer, Dr Bernhard Url has become...

Seadragon sets out to breathe fire into Kiwi fish oil

Seadragon sets out to breathe fire into Kiwi fish oil

The town of Nelson will welcome New Zealand's first omega-3 fish oil processing plant...

The taste test: How do you make a probiotic drink taste good?

The taste test: How do you make a probiotic drink taste good?

Probiotic fruit drinks face different challenges to their dairy counterparts - but both face...

African probiotic project reaching 10,000 infants a day

African probiotic project reaching 10,000 infants a day

Professor Gregor Reid

Chair , University of Western Ontario & Human Microbiology and...

Germvangelist set to shake Probiota with holistic shout

Germvangelist set to shake Probiota with holistic shout

Jason Tetro

Researcher, author, The Germ Guy

Creepy proteins will be hot

New proteins are creeping on trend

Alternative proteins are a “hot area” of interest and products such as sandwich spreads...

Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Dairy ingredients giant on Indonesia: ‘A lot of opportunities here’

Jake Riddle

General manager, Kerry Asia Pacific

Consumers willing to pay more for bioavailability enhancements, consultant says

Consumers willing to pay more for bioavailability enhancements, consultant says

There is an opportunity for companies to use bioavailability enhancement to differentiate their products,...

What does it take to give a niche ingredient superfood staying power? A re-think of the supply chain

What does it take to give a niche ingredient superfood staying power? A re-think of the supply chain

What does it take to give a niche ingredient sustained consumer demand rather than...

When Jorg met Jane: Nestlé talks PPP public health gain with an NGO insider

When Jorg met Jane: Nestlé talks PPP public health gain with an NGO insider

Dr Jorg Spieldenner, Nestlé Research Centre public health chief;

Jane Badham, managing director, JB Consultancy

Start-ups are inventing the future & big business needs to partner now: Unilever Foundry creator

Start-ups are inventing the future & big business needs to partner now: Unilever Foundry creator

Start-ups are changing the food industry from trailblazing new ideas to providing new growth...

Food manufacturers must encourage healthy choices

Food manufacturers’ role in delivering ‘a fitter future’

Food and drink manufacturers must do more to encourage consumers to make healthy choices...

Upcoming EU sports nutrition law revamp – a win for industry?

Upcoming EU sports nutrition law revamp – a win for industry?

Craig Simpson

EU food law expert , Steptoe & Johnson

Smart combinations: Juices blend fruit and vegetable ingredients for nutritional punch and flavor appeal

Smart combinations: Juices blend fruit and vegetable ingredients for nutritional punch and flavor appeal

Vegetable ingredients may boost the nutritional content of beverages: but when it comes to...

Refreshment and nutrition drive demand for vegetable ingredients

Refreshment and nutrition drive demand for vegetable ingredients

Vegetable ingredients are winning favor with consumers who value them as a healthy part...

Marketing to the ‘elderly'

Marketing to the ‘elderly’: Overcoming the taboo of getting old

There is a need for public health strategies and products to address Europe's rapidly...