How can microbes be put to better use to make the world more sustainable?

Microbes (bacteria, fungi, microalgae…) are fascinating, busy creatures that do a lot of good stuff – they clean wastewater by eating up the organics, produce useful enzymes, convert waste into useful biogas, and much more. With many new technologies and tools introduced in biotechnology, our knowledge on these microbes has increased multifold in the past few decades. How can we use this knowledge and expertise to make better use of these microbes for a more sustainable planet? With all these assets, how best can we put hundreds of trillions of microbes to much better use, and m