HUMB (Human Microbiota Biobank) is situated at Department of Microbiology, University of Tartu, Estonia. The biobank was registered in 2010 at World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM) as WFCC Estonian Human Microbiota Biobank (collection No. 977, acronym HUMB). Biobank was established in 1994 when the first microbiota samples and lactobacilli strains were collected in frame of the Estonian-Swedish allergy study. From that time the same study subjects have been repeatedly observed and sampled, and this study is planned to continue. This unique cohort enables us to reveal the changes in microbiota in connection with the changes in age, health and life environment. During the next years the biobank was supplemented with numerous strains and microbiota samples in frame of several (including international) research projects. Indigenous bacteria of human microbiota – lactobacilli and bifidobacteria form the most valuable part of the biobank but it contains also several opportunistic pathogens. Hundreds of new strains and samples from gastrointestinal, urogenital, respiratory tract, mouth and skin from healthy and diseased newborns, children, adults and elderly people are added to biobank each year. Several patented probiotic lactobacilli as well as reference strains obtained from other collections are also conserved in the biobank.
Open access table showing the most important data of HUMB microbes.
Table showing all different genera in HUMB catalogue
Table showing all different species in HUMB catalogue.

Version 04.11.2021


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