ESS Wed Seminar: The Earth Microbiome Project - Investigating the Structure of Microbial Diversity on Earth BY Luke Thompson, PhD, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

12:30 am

Y2E2, Room #111

Sponsored by:
Department of Earth System Science

The Earth Microbiome Project (EMP) is a massively collaborative effort to characterize microbial life on this planet. Tens of thousands of samples have been crowdsourced from the scientific community to understand ecological patterns across the microbial communities and environments of Earth. I will describe a meta-analysis of the first 25,000 samples, analyzed using 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing. This analysis reveals patterns of diversity, community structure, and life history strategies at a planetary scale, highlighted by sharp divisions between host-associated and free-living communities. This initial foray into the Earth Microbiome Project archive provides a standardized resource of environmental prokaryotic tag sequences, which will serve as a growing reference to deliver global context to future microbial surveys.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
12:30 am – 1:20 am
Y2E2, Room #111

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