Estonian Center for Synthetic Biology, University of Tartu and Center for Food and Fermentation Technologies received a funding of 1.46 mEUR over the period of three years from Private Enterprice Estonia to develop a high throughput platform for growth improvement of next generation probiotics. ERA Chair Petri Lahtvee is leading the genome scale modeling work package of the project.
There are hundreds of different microbes in the human gut. Many could be useful as probiotics, but growing them in larger amounts is technically difficult. Most of these microbes are obligate anaerobes and do not tolerate oxygen. During this project we will develop a platform technology for growth medium optimization for anaerobic bacteria. This technology speeds up the discovery process and paves the way for the next generation probiotics.
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