New research on plant and animal microbiomes will lead to advances in human health, agriculture. Credit: National Institutes of Health.
New research on plant and animal microbiomes will lead to advances in human health, agriculture.

NSF awards $3m for plant, animal microbiome/phenomics research

Studies may lead to advances in human health, agricultural productivity and use of natural resources.

Millions of microbes living on and in the human body collectively make up our microbiomes. These microbial ecosystems help keep us healthy. The same processes are at work in other animals, as well as in plants.

To better understand the role microbiomes play in human health and in ecosystems around the world, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences has awarded $3 million in Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER).

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