During last year’s “Microbes on the Move Traveling Conference” we asked participants to give short interviews and answer a few questions, including how they came to join the conference and how they benefitted from participating. See the interviews below (note that you can switch on subtitles for all non-English interviews).
One year ago, we organized the Microbes on the Move Conference in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. The format was new to many of us since it was a traveling conference that took place in both urban and rural areas in both countries. In any case, the outcome was overwhelming as Microbes on the Move brought together … Read more
Mongolia’s reindeer herders are known as tsaatan or dukha, with the latter term refering to the Tuvan origin of this group of pastoralists. Having fled from Tuva during World War II, the tsaatan now herd their reindeer in the Western and Eastern Taiga in northern Mongolia’s Khövsgöl province. Reindeer herders rely on the milk of … Read more
Dairy pastoralism sustained eastern Eurasian steppe populations for 5,000 years Shevan Wilkin, Alicia Ventresca Miller, William T. T. Taylor, Bryan K. Miller, Richard W. Hagan, Madeleine Bleasdale, Ashley Scott, Sumiya Gankhuyg, Abigail Ramsøe, S. Uliziibayar, Christian Trachsel, Paolo Nanni, Jonas Grossmann, Ludovic Orlando, Mark Horton, Philipp W. Stockhammer, Erdene Myagmar, Nicole Boivin, Christina Warinner & … Read more
Repost: What Bacterial Cultures Reveal About Ours Republished Story from Virginia Gewin @ Sapiens Dairying is one of the great puzzles of history. An archaeologist set out to unravel it and, in the process, discovered Mongolia’s hidden wealth of endangered microbes. In the remote northern steppes of Mongolia, in 2017, anthropologist Christina Warinner and her … Read more
Solving an ancient dairy mystery could help cure modern food ills Republished story from Alex Whiting Genghis Khan’s conquering armies fed on dried curd as they crossed the vast steppes of Eurasia, ancient Romans imported pungent cheeses from France, and Bedouin tribes crossing the Arabian Desert have for centuries survived on camel’s milk. Dairy has … Read more