I, too, am interested in the composition of Kombucha. In addition,
I am intrigued by its advertised "healing powers". I have not found any
current research on this symbiosis, however.
Perhaps Kombucha is a suitable Fulbright research topic? I would
appreciate any response that would direct me towards a Fulbright advisor
(outside of the USA) who would desire a student interested in exploring the
Kombucha microbial symbiosis, as well as, persuing a concurrent
investigation into the anthropological aspects of the "organism".
Other questions in microbial ecology or microbial pathogenesis also
apply to my interest in a Fulbright.
((I originally wrote this 3 days ago but sent it to the wrong address.))
NIDR, Microbial Ecology Division
mmarco at yoda.nidr.nih.gov