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dc.contributor.authorBehzad, Hayedeh
dc.contributor.authorGojobori, Takashi
dc.contributor.authorMineta, Katsuhiko
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-17T20:21:48Z
dc.date.available2015-05-17T20:21:48Z
dc.date.issued2015-05-06
dc.identifier.citationChallenges and Opportunities of Airborne Metagenomics 2015, 7 (5):1216 Genome Biology and Evolution
dc.identifier.issn1759-6653
dc.identifier.pmid25953766
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/gbe/evv064
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/553005
dc.description.abstractRecent metagenomic studies of environments, such as marine and soil, have significantly enhanced our understanding of the diverse microbial communities living in these habitats and their essential roles in sustaining vast ecosystems. The increase in the number of publications related to soil and marine metagenomics is in sharp contrast to those of air, yet airborne microbes are thought to have significant impacts on many aspects of our lives from their potential roles in atmospheric events such as cloud formation, precipitation, and atmospheric chemistry to their major impact on human health. In this review, we will discuss the current progress in airborne metagenomics, with a special focus on exploring the challenges and opportunities of undertaking such studies. The main challenges of conducting metagenomic studies of airborne microbes are as follows: 1) Low density of microorganisms in the air, 2) efficient retrieval of microorganisms from the air, 3) variability in airborne microbial community composition, 4) the lack of standardized protocols and methodologies, and 5) DNA sequencing and bioinformatics-related challenges. Overcoming these challenges could provide the groundwork for comprehensive analysis of airborne microbes and their potential impact on the atmosphere, global climate, and our health. Metagenomic studies offer a unique opportunity to examine viral and bacterial diversity in the air and monitor their spread locally or across the globe, including threats from pathogenic microorganisms. Airborne metagenomic studies could also lead to discoveries of novel genes and metabolic pathways relevant to meteorological and industrial applications, environmental bioremediation, and biogeochemical cycles.
dc.publisherOxford University Press (OUP)
dc.relation.urlhttp://gbe.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/doi/10.1093/gbe/evv064
dc.rightsThis is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact journals.permissions@oup.com
dc.subjectairborne microorganisms
dc.subjectculture-independent studies
dc.subjectmicrobial diversity
dc.subjectmetagenomics
dc.subject16S rRNA sequencing
dc.subjectmetabolic potential
dc.titleChallenges and Opportunities of Airborne Metagenomics
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentBioscience Program
dc.contributor.departmentComputational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC)
dc.contributor.departmentComputer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
dc.identifier.journalGenome Biology and Evolution
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kaust.personGojobori, Takashi
kaust.personMineta, Katsuhiko
kaust.personBehzad, Hayedeh
refterms.dateFOA2018-06-13T09:54:09Z
dc.date.published-online2015-05-06
dc.date.published-print2015-05-06


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