Initiation of a comparative metagenomic study of the Red Sea and Pacific Ocean marine microbiomes
Bajic, Vladimir B.
Archer, John A.C.
KAUST DepartmentComputational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC)
Chemical and Biological Engineering Program
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
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AbstractThe marine microbiome is a fundamental component of the biosphere. Its bacteria are abundant and play critical roles within the ocean environment. The majority of this important group of bacteria are genetically uncharacterized. Relatively few species have been studied in the laboratory. However, by applying metagenomic analyses to marine microbial populations, genomic ‘snapshots’ may be taken and from appropriate time series experiments their dynamics established. As a key component of the CBRC Centre Research Program (2014-2020), we are initiating a comparative study of the Red Sea and North Eastern Japanese coast and bay complexes. These environments differ in physical characteristics significantly. The Red Sea exhibits consistently high salinity, temperature and insolation characteristics, whereas the Japanese waters are less saline, cooler and receive lower insolation. Here, we present initial data and analytical pipelines for Phase 1 of our collaborative research program.
Conference/Event nameThe Global Collaborative Research (GCR) Symposium
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