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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being integrated into bioeconomy strategies around the world, including the European Green Deal. We highlight how microbiome-based innovations can contribute to policies that interface with the SDGs and argue that international cooperation in microbiome science is crucial for success.

Authors: Kathleen D’Hondt, Tanja Kostic, Richard McDowell, Francois Eudes, Brajesh K. Singh, Sara Sarkar, Marios Markakis, Bettina Schelkle, Emmanuelle Maguin, and Angela Sessitsch

Nature Microbiology

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Microbiome innovations for a sustainable future

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to improve the lives of people around the world. A 15-year programme for global sustainable development was set out, with the SDGs forming the backbone of this plan. Many nations incorporated the SDGs into government policies by adopting national bioeconomy strategies to achieve the SDGs and setting targets to mitigate climate change.

Bioeconomy strategies embrace sustainability and circularity principles such as the production of food, materials and energy from renewable biological resources including crops, forests, fish, animals and microorganisms1. Such strategies aim to ensure a sustainable increase of primary production and enable economies to rely less on fossil-based fuels and other non-sustainable resources, and more on renewable and reusable resources, including waste. Bioeconomy strategies have converged with the aims of the SDGs as bioeconomy solutions are key to sustainable production that protects natural resources and biodiversity, and follows circular concepts.

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About Prodigio Project

PRODIGIO is an EU-funded project that plan to establish a base of knowledge for the development of system failure prediction technologies that increase the performance of microalgae production and anaerobic digestion systems and advance towards more favourable techno-economic, environmental and social performance to achieve more sustainable microalgae biogas. The project aims to decode the triggers, identify early-warnings, define threshold values, and calculate warning times for critical state transitions in bioreactors. The technology behind the project could contribute to increasing resource and energy efficiencies >50% throughout the production chain, which would translate into OPEX savings and GHG emissions reduction. The results of the project will pave the way for moving the entire microalgae biogas production chain efficiently towards its theoretical maximum, enabling the development of a fully integrated and truly sustainable microalgae biogas production industry and contributing to strengthening the EU's leadership in renewable fuel technologies. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101007006. Visit for more information.

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About IDConsortium

IDConsortium is a consultancy firm founded in Seville, Spain, in 2009 with the aim of helping researchers and businesses to internationalise and showcase their R&D by joining international consortiums to pursue different lines of research, development, and innovation. The firm is an offshoot of IDAction S.L., a company with a wide range of experience in managing R&D, innovation, and investment projects. We help promote clusters and sectorial organizations reach their potential at a national and international level. With our experience and involvement in various international innovation projects, we provide strategic advice in the following areas: Industrial Biotechnology, Advanced production systems in Agriculture, Livestock and Aquaculture based on Industry 4.0., and Innovative systems while promoting an active, healthy, and sustainable aging. Visit for more information.