A new Penn State research center will provide a focal point for the study of such communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere. Image: F. Joseph Pollock, Medina Lab, Penn State
A new Penn State research center will provide a focal point for the study of such communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere.

Penn State creates new center for microbiome research

Microbiomes maintain optimal function of diverse ecosystems, influencing human health, food security, environmental quality and other factors.

A university-wide effort to promote the study of microbiomes has led to the creation of a center for microbiome research at The Pennsylvania State University.

Microbiomes are the communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere.

The center, announced by Penn State vice president for research Neil Sharkey, will be housed in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and will support transformative, interdisciplinary research on micr

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