Microbiome Engineering

Application Sectors

Application Sectors of Microbiome Engineering

The roadmap illustrates many potential applications of engineering microbiomes, and demonstrates the possible use and impact of these tools and technologies to address and overcome societal challenges, through a focus on five sectors. We frame these possibilities through the lens of solving pervasive societal challenges, including enabling and establishing a cleaner environment, supporting the health and well-being of growing populations, and accelerating innovation and economic viability of industry. From each framing societal challenge, we consider the science and engineering aims and objectives for engineering microbiomes that may be necessary or instrumental to overcoming the challenge and we identify potential discrete technical achievements towards the objective. These technical achievements reflect the advancements detailed in our three technical themes.

  • Industrial Biotechnology

    Applications of microbiome engineering in this sector focus on improving manufacturing of bio-based products by using the diversity of microbiomes to introduce greater flexibility to manufacturing processes.

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  • Health & Medicine

    Applications of microbiome engineering in this sector focus on preventing non-communicable diseases, eradicating infectious diseases, and supporting longevity and quality of life.

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  • Food & Agriculture

    Microbiome engineering provides unique means and opportunities to support growing populations with more and different types of food, and address changes to food security, diet, and demand in a sustainable manner.

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  • Environmental Biotechnology

    Environmental Biotechnology focuses on the technologies and tools to enable deployment of engineered microbiomes in the land, air, water, and human landscapes for purposes related to remediation, natural resource management, environmental monitoring, and species management.

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  • Energy

    Energy focuses on the application of microbiome engineering tools and technologies to advance clean and affordable energy sources and to reduce overall energy consumption.

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Last updated: October 1, 2020
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