It looks like dairy farmers have something they can boast about: more diverse nasal bacteria. According to EDairyNews, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute published their first study about this in the journal PLoS ONE.

The study was done in central Wisconsin. It involved nasal and oral sample collection from 21 dairy farmers and 18 individuals working in office jobs. Dr. Sanjay Shukla, Ph.D., the lead researcher in the study, shared that the dairy farmers had 2.15 fold more organisms in their nasal sample and 1.5 fold more oral organisms than those who worked in office jobs. Aside from that, the dairy farmers had a lower relative abundance of the organism called Staphylococcus spp.

“We still do not know much about the microbial occupational exposure of farmers and this study provides some basic understanding of dairy farmers’ microbiome,” Dr. Shukla said. “It explores the boundaries of what we consider ‘farm health,’ giving us a more complex, truer picture of how farm environments can be both hazardous and health-promoting,” Casper “Cap” Bendixsen, Ph.D. shared. You can read the full article here.

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