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April 2024 - FMT will become first time LUMI user

Happy to be granted resource time at the pan-European pre-exascale supercomputer, LUMI. i-Tarmen metagenomes, here we come!

February 2024 - Lactobacillaceae produce propionate

The year started with a lot of education related activities, but now some first research news in 2024: We have a new paper in Microbial Biotechnology, and indentified the (first?) species of the Lactobacillaceae, who transform the deoxyhexose rhamnose to propionate. We provide some first indication that propionate-containing fermentates act as antimicrobials against Salmonella. Have a look:

Full paper available here:


Experimental work excellenty led by Ena and Mie with a lot of interactions with other members of the FMT group and with support of Ulrik Sundekilde from AU-FOOD: More to come, please watch out for us!

December 2023 - New paper...

...with a small contribution by the FMT group. Congratulation to Anja and Markus et al.!

Full paper here: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.123.065517

November 2023 - the same procedure as every year, FMT goes DMS!

Find us in Copenhagen next week at the yearly Danish Microbiology Society Congress.

Watch out for Ker Sin Ng presenting on 'Environmental pH and compound structure affect the potential of short-chain carboxylic acids as antimicrobial metabolites' in Session 3 'Innovation through fermentation: microorganisms for food, feed and fun'

and posters of:

Angeliki Marietou 'Lactose addition increases expression of fecal microbiota beta-galactosidases and the fermentative production of butyrate independent of the presence of starter cultures' &

Mensure Elvan 'Deoxyhexoses as overlooked fermentation substrates for food microbes'

October 2023 - It's fucose, no fucoidan!

Yes, we published our last year's study on the fermentability of fucose (actively fermented) and fucoidan (not a gut microbe's favorite) by human fecal microbiota.

More to be found here:


More to come in the future, we will continue to work on exciting fucoidan and find ways to make it accessible to bacteria!

October 2023 - New Scholarship for Ker Sin

Ker Sin obtained a Short Term Research Grant from the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) to support her secondment at the Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) at the Universität Bielefeld. Congratulations Ker Sin, and enjoy your stay!

September 2023 - Funding from the Leo Foundation

We are delighted to receive generous funding from the LEO Foundation, which will allow us to continue collaborating with Caroline Roduit and Remo Frei (Inselspital Bern, Switzerland) and Hanne Frøkiær (Copenhagen University, Denmark) to work on infant gut microbiota development and the occurrence of atopic dermatitis. Please find out more here: https://leo-foundation.org/en/grantee/
We will have an opening for a postdoc position soon!

August 2023 - Lucia's first paper published in Gut Microbes

That was delightful news during holiday time, paper accepted. Congratulation Lucia! Thanks to all the collaborators from Denmark, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and to the NNF Foundation and AUFF for funding.

Feel free to check the paper out at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19490976.2023.2241209

July 2023 - FMT goes to Hamburg

Meet us at FEMS Microbiology 2023 in Hamburg.

We will be presenting:

posters at 'Food Microbiology' Poster Area level 1, monday morning:

M71 Lucia Huertas Diaz 'Short chain carboxylic acids as antimicrobials against food and gut related clostridia'

M121 Ker Sin Ng 'Environmental pH and short chain carboxylic acid structure affect antimicrobial activity and biofilm formation of Salmonella'

and a flash presentation at FP5/8: Environmental Microbiology & Ecology, Monday 16:30-18.00
of Dr. Qing Li 'Biomarkers predict the presence of a common intestinal  microbial function and the relationship to diet and gut physiology'