The weird and wonderful world of Saudi Arabia’s microbiomes

04 December, 2023

A microbiome is the assemblage of microorganisms — bacteria, archaea, fungi, algae, small protists and viruses — that exist in a given environment, and increasingly these microbiomes have the attention of an assemblage of many scientists working in diverse fields.

Microbial communities are vital to all ecosystems, from desert sediments to the human gut. “We live in a golden age of microbiology, thanks to advances in next generation multiomics technologies and imaging techniques,” says bioscientist Alexandre Rosado. Rosado works across disciplines on an array of microbial studies, from plant science and human health to the microbes living on the international space station.

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