About the project

The CarboBiotics project emphasizes the positive effects of carbohydrates for a healthy colon and investigates the effects of antibiotics, prebiotics and probiotics on stability and recovery of microbiota in the gastrointestinal tract. Using innovative research for understanding the interactions between microbiota and host is necessary to unravel both the positive and negative effects of individual dietary fibers on human and animal health. This project aims to better understand the mechanisms of action of already available prebiotic carbohydrates, and to identify and develop new prebiotics and probiotics.  


To reduce usage of antibiotics and side-effects by application of dietary-fibers that are effective in reducing damage done by specific antibiotics and by simultaneously supporting intestinal health.


Academic partners
Maastricht University, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Utrecht University, Wageningen University. 

Industrial partners
AVEBE, FrieslandCampina, Nutrition Sciences/Agrifirm.

Project leader and contact person
Prof. Dr. Henk Schols, henk.schols@wur.nl, Dr. Janneke Krooneman, j.krooneman@rug.nl 

Time period

Total budget
2.5 M euro

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