This project (FA0160)  builds on two previous feasibility studies, and develops the principle of using a food microbiome as an authenticity marker for the development of methodology that discriminates provenance on the basis of its microbial fingerprint. It also exploits the latest NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) technology, which permits a large number of microbiological groups to be identified to create the microbial profile. Further details of the project and its results were published in our October 2021 Newsletter. The final report is available on the Defra (Departmnt of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) website, and the link has also been added to the website's list of research reports.

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