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Microbial Environmental Genomics (MEG)

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    Chapter 1 "Deciphering Archaeal Communities" Omics Tools in the Study of Archaeal Communities.
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    Chapter 2 Investigating the Endobacteria Which Thrive in Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi
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    Chapter 3 GenoSol Platform: A Logistic and Technical Platform for Conserving and Exploring Soil Microbial Diversity.
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    Chapter 4 Sample Preparation for Fungal Community Analysis by High-Throughput Sequencing of Barcode Amplicons
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    Chapter 5 Fungal Communities in Soils: Soil Organic Matter Degradation.
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    Chapter 6 DNA-Based Characterization and Identification of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Species.
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    Chapter 7 Molecular Identification of Soil Eukaryotes and Focused Approaches Targeting Protist and Faunal Groups Using High-Throughput Metabarcoding.
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    Chapter 8 Identification and In Situ Distribution of a Fungal Gene Marker: The Mating Type Genes of the Black Truffle
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    Chapter 9 Stable-Isotope Probing RNA to Study Plant/Fungus Interactions
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    Chapter 10 Targeted Gene Capture by Hybridization to Illuminate Ecosystem Functioning.
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    Chapter 11 Hybridization of Environmental Microbial Community Nucleic Acids by GeoChip.
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    Chapter 12 Reconstruction of Transformation Processes Catalyzed by the Soil Microbiome Using Metagenomic Approaches.
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    Chapter 13 MG-RAST, a Metagenomics Service for Analysis of Microbial Community Structure and Function.
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    Chapter 14 Analysis of Active Methylotrophic Communities: When DNA-SIP Meets High-Throughput Technologies.
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    Chapter 15 Functional Metagenomics: Construction and High-Throughput Screening of Fosmid Libraries for Discovery of Novel Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes.
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    Chapter 16 Metatranscriptomics of Soil Eukaryotic Communities
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    Chapter 17 Analysis of Ancient DNA in Microbial Ecology.
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Chapter title
MG-RAST, a Metagenomics Service for Analysis of Microbial Community Structure and Function.
Chapter number 13
Book title
Microbial Environmental Genomics (MEG)
Published in
Methods in molecular biology, January 2016
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4939-3369-3_13
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Book ISBNs
978-1-4939-3367-9, 978-1-4939-3369-3

Keegan, Kevin P, Glass, Elizabeth M, Meyer, Folker, Kevin P. Keegan, Elizabeth M. Glass, Folker Meyer, Keegan, Kevin P., Glass, Elizabeth M.


Francis Martin, Stephane Uroz


Approaches in molecular biology, particularly those that deal with high-throughput sequencing of entire microbial communities (the field of metagenomics), are rapidly advancing our understanding of the composition and functional content of microbial communities involved in climate change, environmental pollution, human health, biotechnology, etc. Metagenomics provides researchers with the most complete picture of the taxonomic (i.e., what organisms are there) and functional (i.e., what are those organisms doing) composition of natively sampled microbial communities, making it possible to perform investigations that include organisms that were previously intractable to laboratory-controlled culturing; currently, these constitute the vast majority of all microbes on the planet. All organisms contained in environmental samples are sequenced in a culture-independent manner, most often with 16S ribosomal amplicon methods to investigate the taxonomic or whole-genome shotgun-based methods to investigate the functional content of sampled communities. Metagenomics allows researchers to characterize the community composition and functional content of microbial communities, but it cannot show which functional processes are active; however, near parallel developments in transcriptomics promise a dramatic increase in our knowledge in this area as well. Since 2008, MG-RAST (Meyer et al., BMC Bioinformatics 9:386, 2008) has served as a public resource for annotation and analysis of metagenomic sequence data, providing a repository that currently houses more than 150,000 data sets (containing 60+ tera-base-pairs) with more than 23,000 publically available. MG-RAST, or the metagenomics RAST (rapid annotation using subsystems technology) server makes it possible for users to upload raw metagenomic sequence data in (preferably) fastq or fasta format. Assessments of sequence quality, annotation with respect to multiple reference databases, are performed automatically with minimal input from the user (see Subheading 4 at the end of this chapter for more details). Post-annotation analysis and visualization are also possible, directly through the web interface, or with tools like matR (metagenomic analysis tools for R, covered later in this chapter) that utilize the MG-RAST API ( http://api.metagenomics.anl.gov/api.html ) to easily download data from any stage in the MG-RAST processing pipeline. Over the years, MG-RAST has undergone substantial revisions to keep pace with the dramatic growth in the number, size, and types of sequence data that accompany constantly evolving developments in metagenomics and related -omic sciences (e.g., metatranscriptomics).

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Canada 2 <1%
India 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Estonia 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 512 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 105 20%
Student > Master 81 16%
Researcher 63 12%
Student > Bachelor 51 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 31 6%
Other 59 11%
Unknown 130 25%
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Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 135 26%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 115 22%
Immunology and Microbiology 29 6%
Environmental Science 20 4%
Computer Science 17 3%
Other 57 11%
Unknown 147 28%
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