Microbes on the Move: Documentary

Microbes on the Move Documentary

We are pleased to present to you our Microbes on the Move documentary! The movie has been produced during the Microbes on the Move conference, which was held in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan in May 2019, and features interviews of the conference organizers and participants alongside visual impressions that will take the audience to two exciting … Read more

Prof. M. Erdene receives award for paper on earliest evidence of dairy pastoralism in Mongolia

Prof. M. Erdene (Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, National University of Mongolia) received the Director’s Award of the National University of Mongolia for her co-authorship on the paper “Dairy pastoralism sustained eastern Eurasian steppe populations for 5,000 years“, which was published in Nature Ecology & Evolution earlier this year, with Dr. Shevan Wilkin as the … Read more

Microbes on the Move Conference Photobook

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

Dairy Products Infographic #2: Reindeer

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

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

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

Repost: Solving an ancient dairy mystery could help cure modern food ills

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