|SAPOUNTZIS, PANAGIOTIS - Clermont Universite, Universite D'Auvergne, Unite De Nutrition Humaine|
|TESEO, SERAFINO - Nanyang Technological University|
|OTANI, SARIA - Technical University Of Denmark|
|AARESTRUP, FRANK - Technical University Of Denmark|
|FORANO, EVELYNE - Clermont Universite, Universite D'Auvergne, Unite De Nutrition Humaine|
|SUEN, GARRET - University Of Wisconsin|
|TSIAMIS, GEORGE - University Of Patras|
|Van Kessel, Jo Ann|
|HUWS, SHARON - Queens University - United Kingdom|
Submitted to: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/8/2021
Publication Date: 7/11/2022
Citation: Sapountzis, P., Teseo, S., Otani, S., Aarestrup, F., Forano, E., Suen, G., Tsiamis, G., Van Kessel, J.S., Haley, B.J., Huws, S. 2022. FI: The fecobiome initiative. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 19(17):441-447. https://doi.org/10.1089/fpd.2021.0082.
Technical Abstract: Animal husbandry has been key to the sustainability of human societies for millennia. Livestock animals, such as cattle, convert plants to protein biomass due to a compartmentalized Gastrointestinal Tract (GIT) and the complementary contributions of a diverse GIT microbiota, thereby providing humans with meat and dairy products. Research on cattle gut microbial symbionts has mainly focused on the rumen (which is the primary fermentation compartment) and there is a paucity of functional insight on the intestinal (distal end) microbiota. Here we present the Fecobiome Initiative (or FI), an international initiative that aims to facilitate collaboration among labs working on research projects related to the intestinal microbiota, disseminate research results and promote open-sourceness. By doing so, the FI can help mitigate foodborne and animal pathogens that threaten livestock and enter our food chain, reduce the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance in cattle, and potentially improve the welfare and nutrition of animals. We invite all researchers interested in this type of research to join the FI through our website: www.fecobiome.com.