In The Media

External news articles and podcasts featuring the work of students, faculty, and staff of the Microbiome Center at Penn State. 

The Soil Blooms Green

  November 10, 2020      Genome Insider
In this podcast, Terry Bell, assistant professor of phytobiomes, and Mary Ann Bruns, associate professor of soil microbiology and biogeochemistry, discuss their work on soil surface consortia with Genome Insider host Alison Takemura. They discuss why these consortia might be of interest to farmers, as well as how their interactions with other microorganisms in the environment could influence their activity. Listen to podcast...

Researchers Design Clinical Trial On Use Of Exercise For Severe Liver Disease

  JUNE 8, 2020      ScienceBlog
A team of Penn State researchers developed a first-of-its-kind clinical trial to test the use of exercise as a treatment for patients with a severe form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Continue reading...

Why you need more Vitamin D in the winter

  JAN 16, 2020      THE CONVERSATION
Winter is upon us and so is the risk of vitamin D deficiency and infections. Vitamin D, which is made in our skin following sunlight exposure and also found in oily fish (mackerel, tuna and sardines), mushrooms and fortified dairy and nondairy substitutes, is essential for good health. Humans need vitamin D to keep healthy and to fight infections. The irony is that in winter, when people need vitamin D the most, most of us are not getting enough. So how much should we take? Should we take supplements? How do we get more? And, who needs it most? Continue reading...

5 things you can do to make your microbiome healthier

  JAN 3, 2020      THE CONVERSATION
It’s common for people to focus on their health at the start of the year. But few consider the well being of the microbes that live inside the human gut – the microbiome – which are vital to an individual’s good health. Continue reading...