Shaping the Future of Probiotics and Prebiotics

Marla Cunningham, M. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, Alan Barnard, Valerie Benoit, Roberta Grimaldi, Denis Guyonnet, Hannah D. Holscher, Kirsty Hunter, Sarmauli Manurung, David Obis, Mariya I. Petrova, Robert E. Steinert, Kelly S. Swanson, Douwe van Sinderen, Jelena Vulevic, Glenn R. Gibson

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Recent and ongoing developments in microbiome science are enabling new frontiers of research for probiotics and prebiotics. Novel types, mechanisms, and applications currently under study have the potential to change scientific understanding as well as nutritional and healthcare applications of these interventions. The expansion of related fields of microbiome-targeted interventions, and an evolving landscape for implementation across regulatory, policy, prescriber, and consumer spheres, portends an era of significant change. In this review we examine recent, emerging, and anticipated trends in probiotic and prebiotic science, and create a vision for broad areas of developing influence in the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-685
Number of pages19
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • future trends
  • microbiome
  • personalised
  • prebiotics
  • precision
  • probiotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology
  • Microbiology


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