Join us for the inaugural meeting of a new community project at Counter Culture Labs: Kombucha Genomics! For all you fermented foods lovers out there, this is the project for you!
During the course of this project, we will study the microbiome of kombucha and other fermented foods, maybe even try to trace how starter cultures have been shared between friends across the world, isolate individual bacterial or yeast species, identify them through DNA barcoding, do whole genome sequencing on one or more of them, and then get into genome annotation, metabolic modeling, synthetic biology and more!
Kombucha is a fermented tea with a very complex symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY), composed of dozens of different species. It's a health food; it's a tasty fizzy caffeinated beverage; it even makes vegan leather - what's not to like!
In this inaugural meeting, we will discuss the science of kombucha and other fermented foods, lay out our plans for this project, discuss other angles we can pursue, and scheduling for upcoming project meetups.
Please RSVP on Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/Counter-Culture-Labs/events/244983427/
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