Microbiomes are essential for safeguarding health in humans and the environment, and are central to sustainability. A key microbiome-based technology is biological wastewater treatment, the most widely used biotechnological process on Earth. The process itself is subject to constant changes and does not fulfill the premise of sustainability. There is therefore an urgent need to predict the behaviour of its complex microbiomes to better control the process and to improve on its engineering. The Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine & the Department of Life Sciences and Medicine at the University of Luxembourg alongside with international collaborators has now developed a unique and novel modelling approach that can predict the dynamics and functions of such microbiomes several years into the future. This framework can also be applied to other key ecosystems, be it the human gut microbiome or pristine environments facing disturbance.
- Check out the main paper (#openaccess) in Nature Ecology & Evolution: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-023-02241-3
- Also check out the linked Research Briefing: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-023-02248-w
Research at University of Luxembourg, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Medical University of Vienna, Centre National de La Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) & University of Strasbourg.
Funding by Luxembourg National Research Fund - FNR, European Research Council, European Commission, Austrian Science Fund FWF, Novo Nordisk Foundation & IBBL at Luxembourg Institute of Health.