The Global Microbiome Conservancy: The race to preserve the species in our feces
Wondering what the behind-the-scenes look like on a Global Microbiome Conservancy field trip? Join photographer @CCorzett to hear about his experience with us!
Every gram of your stool contains more bacteria than there are people on Earth, and these microbes are vital to your health. However, the kinds of microbes inside you depends largely on where and how you live. The Global Microbiome Conservancy (microbiomeconservancy.com) is on a mission to preserve the full diversity of human gut, including rare and disappearing strains found only in traditional societies. These microbes represent a living legacy of shared evolutionary history and cultural heritage. To document and share this important effort, I’ve initiated a photojournalism and social media campaign called Conserving Cultures to illustrate the process and people involved in this groundbreaking research. In this talk I’ll share how communities around the world are working with scientists to understand and protect this important biodiversity, and safeguard against future bacterial extinctions caused by rapidly changing lifestyles.