Restoring Microbiome Diversity

The hallmark of a healthy microbiome is a diverse one, that’s why we need to work towards supporting it.

Your inner microbiome is made up of trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi plus other forms of microscopic life, this wide array of life within us is important to our overall health and wellbeing. Just as our microbiome influences many aspects of our health and bodily functions, our age can impact our inner microbiome as well. As we go through life and all of its changes, it’s important that we work towards restoring and maintaining the microbial diversity we have within ourselves. Taking care of your microbiome throughout every life stage can help support your health.

Restoring diversity in reefs

Just like people, coral reefs rely on diversity, and a diverse microbiome within each coral, to thrive too. As part of the Life-Space Reef Probiotics Project, isolating the good bacteria that is part of a species ecosystem is helping coral grow to be more reliant and stronger to the stress of ocean life. Preliminary research has shown that probiotics have increased the survival rate of certain coral species by up to 40%.

The Life-Space Reef Probiotics Project is, isolating the good bacteria and producing probiotics that can help new baby corals survive, and become more resilient and stronger to the stress of ocean life. Breakthrough research funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s Out of the Blue Box Reef Innovation Challenge supported by The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, has proved that probiotics can increase the survival rate of certain coral species by up to 40%, but more research is critical to help restore our Reef at scale.

AIMS researchers working in the lab during coral spawning 2021 to isolate and test coral probiotic strains Credit: SkyReef Photo

Lone Hoj leader of the coral probiotics project under RRAP at the Australian Institute of Marine Science Credit: Kate Green, AIMS

Credit: AIMS

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