Locally sourced probiotics, the next opportunity for developing countries?

Trends Biotechnol. 2015 Apr;33(4):197-200. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2015.01.002.


We describe factors promoting the exploration of locally sourced probiotics, targeting local populations to balance human needs and market opportunities. This would be particularly beneficial for people in developing countries, who generally lack access to affordable probiotics and are often exposed to poor hygiene conditions, toxic compounds, malnutrition, and chronic enteric infections.

Keywords: developing world; microbiome; probiotics.

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries / economics*
  • Humans
  • Microbiota
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Probiotics / economics*