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Locally sourced probiotics, the next opportunity for developing countries?

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Author: Sybesma, W. · Kort, R. · Lee, Y.K.
Type:article
Date:2015
Source:Trends in Biotechnology, 4, 33, 197-200
Identifier: 524118
doi: DOI:10.1016/j.tibtech.2015.01.002
Keywords: Biology · Developing world · Microbiome · Probiotics · Probiotic agent · Developing country · Environmental exposure · Food composition · Geographic distribution · Human needs · Hygiene · Intestine flora · Intestine infection · Malnutrition · Note · Nutritional requirement · Survival rate · Biomedical Innovation · Healthy Living · Life · MSB - Microbiology and Systems Biology · ELSS - Earth, Life and Social Sciences

Abstract

We describe factors promoting the exploration of locally sourced probiotics, targeting local populations to balance human needs and market opportunities. This would be particularly beneficial for people in developing countries, who generally lack access to affordable probiotics and are often exposed to poor hygiene conditions, toxic compounds, malnutrition, and chronic enteric infections. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.