An Australian couple is trying to help the world grow more resilient to the next pandemic.
Aussie bacteria are the perfect fit.
“We were really inspired by the bacteria in the environment, they’re a symbiotic organism that is symbiotic with the soil,” Ms Loughnane said.
“They’re a natural food source for plants, we can grow a lot of those bacteria on the land.”
The couple are the first to grow their own microbiotas in a home and they hope they will soon have the capacity to make more and sell them to the general public.
“In a couple of years, if you want to get a lot more people on to this we’d love to grow the capacity on our own,” Ms Leighton said.
For a small investment, you can grow more than a billion microbes.
The Australian Government has set a goal of producing enough microbes for the global community to survive another five years.
“The bacteria is the first step in this path that will allow us to help build the global resilience of the ecosystem, to provide food for the environment and to provide jobs for our communities,” Professor Stephen O’Brien said.
It is estimated that more than 100 billion bacteria are already grown on Australia’s land and the government is trying its best to ensure they are not too small to grow.
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