The way we currently produce, process, package, transport, consume, recycle and waste food has implications on food safety, our health, the environment, the economy and social equality. In short: our current food systems are not future-proof!
CIRCLES aims to support the changes needed for sustainable, resilient, competitive, diverse, responsible and inclusive food systems by assessing the potential of microbes. Microbes are present in all parts of the food systems and are expected to have a significant impact on the functioning of our health and the planet.


CIRLCES is a 10 million € European Union funded project which runs from 01 November 2018 to 30 October 2023. In total, 30 organisations from across the whole of Europe have joined the effort to find solutions for the future food challenges by investigating the potential of microbes in the food system.

Aims and Expected Outcomes

The researchers of CIRCLES are investigating whether and how natural microbiomes in the spinach, tomato, poultry, swine, farmed and wild salmon and seabream food chains can be exploited for a more sustainable, safe, productive and nutritious food production. The aim is to have concrete microbiome products, procedures, tools and applications by the end of the project which can be further developed for use in the (European) job market and economy.

Latest news

The hot topic of research: microbiome studies

The microbiome is making headlines across the globe with a plethora of information on the importance of the microbiome in human health, environmental sustainability and potentially even in food security being published on a regular [...]

CIRCLES goes live!

After our successful kick-off in Bologna on 4-5 December 2018, we now officially have an online presence! Follow us on the website here, under the hashtag #CIRCLESEU on Twitter and make sure to sign [...]

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