Microbiome of Vanilla

Vanilla pods analyzed in RAAK MKB project

DNA extracts of fermented fruits of species of Vanilla are currently being sequenced to obtain an impression of their microbiome, i.e. the diversity of fungi and bacteria living inside. The diversity of the microbiome is very different among vanille fruits produced in tropical rainforests, plantations and under glass. This project is a collaboration between Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the University of Applied Sciences Leiden, Wageningen UR and several plant breeders, a soil improvement company, a chemistry company, a DNA sequencing company and a spice consultant.

Dr. Barbara Gravendeel

Researcher and joint group leader
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