Pictured in Washington DC as APC Microbiome Ireland announced dietary fibre research collaboration with Tate & Lyle, were Prof Fergus Shanahan, Director APC Microbiome Ireland, UCC; Mr Andrew Taylor, President, Innovation and Commercial Development, Tate and Lyle, UK; Prof Mark Ferguson, Director Science Foundation Ireland and Dr Sally Cudmore, Manager, APC Microbiome Ireland, UCC. (Picture: John Harrington)

APC Microbiome Ireland, a Science Foundation Institute (SFI) Research Centre, have announced a collaborative research project on the health effects of dietary fibres with leading global food and beverage ingredient and solutions provider, Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle).

Representatives from both organisations joined Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to discuss the project’s potential to improve global diets, at the SFI food innovation roundtable in Washington D.C., U.S. last week.

Certain dietary fibres have been found to have prebiotic effects, feeding ‘good’ bacteria in the gut and promoting a healthy composition of ‘gut microbiome’.

For this new research project, which is funded by Tate & Lyle, APC Microbiome Ireland will screen dietary fibres to identify potential health benefits for specific age groups and to explore the benefit of these fibres for specific improved health outcomes, particularly relating to cardio-metabolic health.

APC Microbiome Ireland is a global leader in most aspects of microbiome science, based at University College Cork and Teagasc and is ranked number one globally for research in antimicrobial and therapeutic microbes and is in the top five institutions in the world for microbiome research.

APC Microbiome Ireland has expanded the research and development capabilities of Ireland in an area of immediate relevance to the food and pharmaceutical sectors of industry.