New discovery that microorganisms in plants build the human microbiome could have implications for how we approach growing and eating food.

Other than feeling a bit squeamish that nasty disease-causing bacteria can lurk in our produce and cause food poisoning, most of us probably haven’t given much thought to the community of microbes living on our fruit and vegetables.

There are beneficial microorganisms in and on produce that are shaping our health in ways we are continuing to discover. A new study, published in Gut Microbes, sheds light on the relationship between the human gut and the microbes on the plants we eat.

The study proves that plant microorganisms from fruits and vegetables contribute to the human microbiome. While researchers previously knew of the association between a diet rich in diverse fruits and vegetables and a diverse microbial community, this new research shows they are a direct source of gut microbiota.

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