Advancing human microbiome studies in North Africa
The analysis of the human microbiome is a rising research field of considerable importance in health and disease. However, while there are significant advances in human microbiome characterisation in Europe, very few studies have been carried out in North Africa. The EU-funded MICAfrica project will support the University of Sfax (USFAX) in Tunisia in developing skills in human microbiome analysis and becoming a leading force in the region. The project will connect USFAX to the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique and Aix-Marseille University in France, and the University of Florence in Italy; the collaboration will help the USFAX to increase its staff's technological capabilities, adopt standardised methods for collecting samples and analysing data and establish a consortium based on existing collaborations in Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.
Field of science
- /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/genome
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Funding SchemeCSA - Coordination and support action