Background and Objectives
Prebiotic compounds display great variability and so far, there is no clear conclusion about the relationship between structure-function.
The activity generally considers fermentable carbohydrates (prebiotics, candidate prebiotics and oligosaccharides) to:
- determine the relationship between specific structure characteristics of fermentable carbohydrates and the impact on the composition and activity of the gut microbiota;
- investigate the metabolic capacity of human gut microbiota and
- consider potential direct effects of the fermentable carbohydrates on the host (without being fermented first) as a secondary objective.
The outcome from this activity, in the form of a peer- reviewed paper, will support the understanding of how carbohydrate bioengineering tools to manufacture next generation prebiotics can be reasonably applied.