Plant & Food Research, New Zealand
Dr Paul Blatchford is a Scientist in the Microbiome and Metabolism Team in the Food & Nutrition Science Group at Plant and Food Research, Palmerston North. He is specifically working on how plant polysaccharides can alter the composition of the gut microbiota using a combination of metabolic and metagenomic methods. He is interested in the interactions of microbes with their human host and study the functional attributes of the gut microbiota in health and disease. Some of the key tools he uses for examining the gut microbiota are in vitro batch and continuous culture gut models, in combination with next generation sequencing technology.