Encyclopedia of Metagenomics

Living Edition
| Editors: Karen E. Nelson

ELDERMET (Ireland)

  • Siobhán Cusack
  • Eibhlís M. O’Connor
  • Paul W. O’Toole
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6418-1_94-1


The intestinal microbiota interacts with the diet and has important roles in maintaining human health, including modulation of the immune system. The ELDERMET project has examined whether fecal microbiota profiles from older Irish adults correlate with health, dietary, and/or lifestyle factors. This information will provide the Irish Food Industry and Medical Community with essential knowledge of the bacterial composition of older adults across a range of health states. It will provide the evidence base upon which strategies for the positive modulation of the microbiota in support of health aging may be realized.


The Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM), administered by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, is the primary national Irish funding source for food-based research. FIRM is a competitive program that supports multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research, a significant proportion of which is focused on consumer benefits....


Functional Food Ribosomal Database Project Microbiota Composition Fecal Microbiota Human Microbiome Project 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Siobhán Cusack
    • 1
  • Eibhlís M. O’Connor
    • 1
  • Paul W. O’Toole
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Microbiology & Alimentary Pharmabiotic CentreUniversity College CorkCorcaighIreland