06.04.2021 change 06.04.2021

Artificial human digestive system to be used for nutritional research

Artificial digestive tract. Credit: WULS-SGGW Artificial digestive tract. Credit: WULS-SGGW

Equipment that enables a faithful simulation and monitoring of the processes taking place in our intestines will be used for research work at the Institute of Human Nutrition Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

According to the university, the dynamic model of the digestive tract SHIME2® enables the study of microbiota, i.e. all microorganisms that inhabit the human digestive system: bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts and protozoa.

Scientists will use the equipment in research on the digestive system of children, adults and the elderly. The artificial digestive tract will be used to conduct experiments in the field of metabolism of dietary components and their impact on the gut microbiota. Probiotic food research will also be carried out.

The equipment was purchased as part of the modernization of the WULS-SGGW campus in order to create the Food and Nutrition R&D Centre. The Warsaw University of Life Sciences is the first university in Poland to use this technology.

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