The White House announced the launch of a new initiative that will provide a big boost to our understanding of the global microbiome.
May 13 saw some very big news on very small organisms. The White House announced the launch of a new initiative that will (fingers crossed) provide a big boost to our understanding of the global microbiome.
We're gonna break it down a little for you:
Who: AOBiome, Mother Dirt, POTUS, and the microbiome community.
What: The National Microbiome Initiative (NMI). With $121 million in federal funding and $400 million in private funding, the initiative aims to shine a very bright light on the microbial world. NMI has three main goals:
- Supporting research on the fundamentals of the microbiome. We've only just begun to understand the vast array of microbes found in the different ecosystems of the world, and NMI is making a push to increase understanding of how microbes interact with their surroundings and each other.
- Developing technologies that will encourage further research and that will utilize the newly discovered knowledge.
- Building the microbiome sector by increasing education.
When: Starting ASAP. AOBiome, the parent company of Mother Dirt, joined with six other organizations in 2015 to create The Microbiome Coalition (TMBC), which helped develop NMI.
Where: The initiative is US based, but could potentially have a global reach and ripple effect. As the microbe research field here grows and national focus shifts, NMI could eventually cause a global mentality shift. Dream big ;)
Why: If you're reading this, you're at least a little curious about the tiny organisms that populate the world. We have so much to learn about them! Recent technological developments, new research, and other advancements (like the Mother Dirt products) have underlined how much MORE there is that we have yet to understand, and how vast the microbial universe is.
Let's get cracking.