• Diet 4 MicroGut

    Microorganisms in foods and in humans: study of the microbiota and the related metabolome.

  • Diet 4 MicroGut

    Microorganisms in foods and in humans: study of the microbiota and the related metabolome.

  • Diet-Human health

    The human body houses a huge microbial ecosystem, including the intestinal and oral microbiota. Both these ecosystems, and, in particular, the intestinal one, are responsible for maintaining human health.

  • Diet-Microbiota relationship

    Diet is a reservoir of microbes and the feeding for human resident microorganisms, therefore, it is inevitably linked to diversity and functionality of the oral andintestinal microbiota.

  • Few information is available

    A cross-search for "human gut microbiota" and "health" in the ISI Web of Knowledge database, results in more than 550 hits, only in the last 5 years. Less than 10 hits come out combining the terms “vegetarians” and "human gut microbiota"

Created on 26 March 2013

Microorganisms in foods and in humans: study of the microbiota and the related metabolome as affected by omnivore, vegetarian or vegan diets

The human  body  houses  a  huge  microbial  ecosystem,  including the intestinal and oral microbiota. Both these ecosystems, and, in particular, the intestinal one, are responsible  for maintaining human health. The response of the organism to the diet and the relative alteration of the susceptibility to disease are worth of investigation to  comprehend  the  role  of  the  microbiota  to  maintain  the  state  of  well  being  in humans. This concept, which is the overall scientific basis of the entire project, perfectly  fits  with  the declared scopes of Horizon 2020. Understanding the impact of omnivore, vegetarian and vegan diets on human intestinal microbiota is aligned to  the  Grand  Societal  Challenge  of  the  Horizon  2020  scheme,  which  is  addressing  the  human nutritional needs and the impact of food on human physiological functions.  In  particular,  studying  the  link between dietary habits and the intestinal microbiota activity will be pivotal to improve the food-based promotion of health and well being.

The  project  aims  at  studying  how  the  omnivore,  vegetarian and vegan diets may affect the oral intake of microorganims, and the composition of the oral and fecal microbiota.  With  the  aim  to  build  up  a  permanent  European  platform  for such  type  of  studies, ten Research Units (RUs) are involved in the proposal, with the partnership of 16 National and, especially, foreign Institutions, covering 12 different countries.

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