SysMilk. Designer microbial communities for fermented milk products: A Systems Biology Approach (ERASysAPP - SysMilk)
Research Project, 2014 – 2018

Microbial communities are ubiquitously found in nature, from soil to the human gut, and have direct implications for the environment, human health and biotechnology. Our understanding of the structure and function of these communities, however, has remained poor due to the lack of tools for discovering inter-species interactions. To address this gap, the SysMilk project will develop new experimental and computational technologies for microbial community analysis. The new technologies will be developed and tested by using kefir, a natural fermented milk drink, as a model system. The SysMilk consortium includes four top academic research institutes, a small-scale company and a large industry that is leading the sector of fermented milk products. This multi-disciplinary constellation will enable efficient transfer of the SysMilk technology to the dairy products industry, facilitating the design of customized yogurt starter cultures.


Jens B Nielsen (contact)

Chalmers, Life Sciences, Systems and Synthetic Biology

André Kelkkanen

Innovationskontor Väst


Biobyte Solutions

Heidelberg, Germany

Chr. Hansen

Hoersholm, Denmark

European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Heidelberg, Germany

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

Zürich, Switzerland

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Region Västra Götaland

Project ID: RUN 612-0651-14
Funding Chalmers participation during 2014–2018

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Life Science Engineering (2010-2018)

Areas of Advance


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