The dramatic reduction in the cost of genotyping and advances in computational tools over the last decade have resulted in the ability to acquire and interpret not only a human individual but also their microbiome. This capability is transferring out of human and animal healthcare to the realm of agriculture. As science is starting to unravel linkages between a human gut microbiome and physiological conditions or cognitive performance, a world-leading snack company is looking for novel linkages that can be positively impacted by eating the right foods. The gut microbiome is only one of the many microbiomes found in nature, and the company is also interested in the soil microbiomes of plants that can be altered for positive effects such as increased nutritional quality.
The company is seeking bioinformatics and other data mining tools for food-related biological systems that have the potential to create new health claims for product consumption as well as the tools for a potential revolution in sustainable agriculture.
The technology sought must be able to meet the following key success criteria: