The Hub for Human Environmental Agrifood Leap to Transform Health

​​#agrifood #health #environment #regenerate #microbials

Human activities and population growth have a tremendous impact on the ecosystem of our planet. The societal challenges of the climate change affect agriculture and animal husbandry and at the same time we are seeking ways to increase crop yields to feed “the next billion”.

Soil erosion, extreme phenomena, heat waves all affect our capability to produce the food that sustains humanity and at the same time the extension of cultivated and inhabited areas create the conditions for new disease outbreaks to occur – showing how food systems are deeply interconnected with biological, economic & societal systems. 

In this scenario, the wellbeing of the human society ultimately depends on the combination of healthy soils, healthy plants, healthy animals, and a healthy environment.

How to increase the food production without then endangering the stability of our ecosystem, and possibly limiting the usage of potentially dangerous chemicals, in conditions which become more and more challenging for us?

How to further enable the link between human wellbeing and plant nutritional content as well as medicinal properties?

What if we could use the interaction of bacteria in soil and plants to discover new pharmaceuticals, such as new antibiotics or immunoregulators, or to make our crops more nutritious or more resilient to climate effects such as heat, drought or to parasites?

H-HEALTH, as an enabling platform, brings together the capabilities of academic and industry partners to enable innovation and groundbreaking impact in the multi-systemic field of sustainable, renewable agriculture and human wellbeing.

We will start our shared efforts from three focus areas:

1. human well-being, incl. nutrition and its effect on human microbiome; medicinal properties of plants and natural compounds;

2. smart & digital applications, including precision & smart agriculture; AI and Big Data applications in smart agriculture; supply chain; future of crop protection;

3. regenerative food production, including climate change and its relation to increased plant resilience; effects of soil microbiome on plants and their nutritional content; sustainability and carbon storage.

Are you interested?

Let us know by writing to sophie.schumacher@unibas.ch and to alessandro.mazzetti@unibas.ch

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Alessandro Mazzetti, PhD

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Sophie Schumacher

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Samuel Fuhrimann

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Benjamin Gräub

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