World Microbiome Day
On World Microbiome Day we celebrate all things microbe, all around the world and we introduce international microbiome researchers to the public to raise awareness of the vibrant and diverse world of microbes.
Why is World Microbiome Day important
Microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, fungi, viruses, archaea, etc) can be found everywhere in and on plants, animals, water, soil, food and humans. Within each of those habitats, microorganisms live together in communities called microbiomes. Microbiomes have an effect on (amongst others) human health; therefore, scientists are exploring how these communities of organisms co-exist with each other, with us and our environment.
A world without bacteria is, simply, unimaginable. Without them we probably wouldn’t be here. They have existed for billions of years and are everywhere, including within us. In fact, the microorganisms in our guts, our gut microbiota, are essential for key functions that help us live in good health. The same could be said for the rest of the animals, plants or even the Earth.
To pay tribute to them, 27th June has been internationally devoted to bacteria. It is an initiative by APC Microbiome Ireland, a research institute of the University College Cork (Ireland). Its developers hope it will become an annual event.
How to observe World Microbiome Day
To raise awareness of the importance of microbial diversity and through our actions to sustain and increase the diversity of microbes in humans, animals, soils and water throughout our world for the future of our planet.
One of the goals of this day is to give visibility to the fascinating world of microbiomes and encourage debate about its importance
In order to celebrate today effectively, here is a list of resources you can use to make the day special – or to plan ahead
- MicrobiomeSupport has produced a video aimed to engage the general public
- Presentation, Infographics, videos, factsheets and more resources
- Use hashtag: #WorldMicrobiomeDay
- UN and other international NGO
- Non-Profits website for the observance