Development of Microbiome Biobanks – Challenges and Opportunities

M. J. Ryan, M. Schloter, G. Berg, T. Kostic, L. L. Kinkel, K. Eversole, J. A. Macklin, B. Schelkle, M. Kazou, I. Sarand, B. K. Singh, D. Fischer, E. Maguin, I. Ferrocino, N. Lima, R. S. McClure, T. C. Charles, R. S.C. de Souza, G. S. Kiran, H. L. KrugJ. Taffner, H. Roume, J. Selvin, D. Smith, D. Rybakova, A. Sessitsch

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The microbiome research field is rapidly evolving, but the required biobanking infrastructure is currently fragmented and not prepared for the biobanking of microbiomes. The rapid advancement of technologies requires an urgent assessment of how biobanks can underpin research by preserving microbiome samples and their functional potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-92
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2021

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Funding Information:
This paper is an output from the EU project MicrobiomeSupport, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 818116 .

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© 2020 Elsevier Ltd


  • biobanks
  • cryopreservation
  • metagenomics
  • microbiome


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