What is mikroBIOMIK?

The dicipline “Microbiomics“ (German: Mikrobiomik) deals with the diversity, genetics and function of living beings that are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

Microbes dominate planet earth. There is no visible life without invisible life. Our air, soil and water as well as all plants and animals contain complex ecosystems that are colonized by creatures we can not see. Our bodies are teeming with invisible life. We are only beginning to understand their significance for the world we live in and are already obliged to completely abandon our human centered views.

Microorganisms – especially Bacteria and Viruses - dominate the biosphere of this planet and have done so for billions of years.

This world globe will be the basis for an interactive learning environment (drawing: Mark Klawikowski)

What is a microbiome?

The term “microbiome“ is used to describe the sum of all microorganisms that populate a specific ecosystem. In one of the earliest writings on the topic, the term was “defined as a characteristic microbial community occupying a reasonably well defined habitat.” [Whipps et al., 1988]

Extreme microbiome: this hot spring in Yellowstone national park contains heat loving microbes

What is mikroBIOMIK.org?

mikroBIOMIK.org is the website of the mikroBIOMIK Society, an association for the promotion of intrinsic curiosity and participation in science - with a focus on invisible creatures.

We are an interdisciplinary network of scientists, physicians, ecologists, teachers, artists and other curious people exploring various strategies for disseminating knowledge and experience.

mikroBIOMIK soil workshop @FabLab Lucerne

We aim to provide interactive learning environments to foster the intrinsic curiosity of anyone who would like to learn more about microbial life. The format addresses citizens of all educational levels and is mainly intended to spark genuine interest. An online platform will provide a general overview about microbial ecosystems with the intention to fill the gap between popular science and specialist literature. Our workshops bring people together, to create an experience that reaches far beyond the acquisition of knowledge.

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