In many ways the best way to define the microbiome is to begin with the simple question, “What are we?” If you’d answer “human” to this question, you’re partially correct… But in fact, only 10% of the cells in our body are human!
Research has determined that we share our life with around 100 trillion organisms which comprise something called our microbiome. In essence, the microbiome is a matrix of what people generally understand as LIFE.
Our dependence on the microbiome within us has led many experts to observe that we are truly more of a super-organism than simply human. All complex organisms that evolved within can be viewed as sophisticated vehicles or vessels harboring unique centers of micro biotic intelligence, which allows the microbes to move about in search of and processing of food.
Microbes are so diverse in size, environmental requirements, diet and product/refuse that they are found virtually everywhere from deep under the ground to way high up in the sky. For our purposes of microbiome management, we will focus on a layer that includes surface soil and our animal and plant communities alone.