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
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
The SCI-FA Project #1: PORTRAITS OF MILK BACTERIA The Sci-Fa Project is created by our research assistant Zoljargal Enkh-Amgalan in collaboration with the Mongolian fashion brand FUTURISTIC TYPE. The first edition of this project combines science and fashion by using SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) photos of artisanal Mongolian dairy products that our team collected during … Read more
Seeing Microbes / Сүү, цагаан идээн дотор юу байдаг вэ? – A photographic workshop report. From July 23 to 26 we organized a workshop under the title ‘Seeing Microbes – Сүү, цагаан идээн дотор юу байдаг вэ?‘ in Khatgal, which is one of our major research sites in northern Mongolia’s Khövsgöl province. After conducting ethnographic … Read more
From October 11 to 17, we will be at the ‘Cultures of Fermentation’ symposium in Sintra, Portugal. The event is funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and organized by Mark Aldenderfer (UC-Merced), Christina Warinner (Harvard University & MPI-SHH), Jessica Hendy (University of York), and Matthäus Rest (MPI-SHH). Excerpt: Fermentation is a practice in which complex communities … Read more