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Soil microbiomes must be explicitly included in One Health policy

An integrated science–policy–society interface that explicitly considers soil microbiomes is needed to achieve One Health goals.

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Fig. 1: The microbial loop in One Health.
Fig. 2: A framework to include soil microbiomes in One Health policy.


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Soil microbiome and One Health research in the lab of B.K.S. is funded by the Australian Research Council (DP230101448). The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. We also acknowledge some input from K. Callens (FAO).

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Singh, B.K., Yan, ZZ., Whittaker, M. et al. Soil microbiomes must be explicitly included in One Health policy. Nat Microbiol 8, 1367–1372 (2023).

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