Derek S. Lundberg

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We describe improvements for sequencing 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) amplicons, a cornerstone technique in metagenomics. Through unique tagging of template molecules before PCR, amplicon sequences can be mapped to their original templates to correct amplification bias and sequencing error with software we provide. PCR clamps block amplification of contaminating(More)
Plant phenology is known to depend on many different environmental variables, but soil microbial communities have rarely been acknowledged as possible drivers of flowering time. Here, we tested separately the effects of four naturally occurring soil microbiomes and their constituent soil chemistries on flowering phenology and reproductive fitness of(More)
Single amplified genomes and genomes assembled from metagenomes have enabled the exploration of uncultured microorganisms at an unprecedented scale. However, both these types of products are plagued by contamination. Since these genomes are now being generated in a high-throughput manner and sequences from them are propagating into public databases to drive(More)
Bacteria living on and in leaves and roots influence many aspects of plant health, so the extent of a plant's genetic control over its microbiota is of great interest to crop breeders and evolutionary biologists. Laboratory-based studies, because they poorly simulate true environmental heterogeneity, may misestimate or totally miss the influence of certain(More)
To assess the impacts of soil microbes and plant genotype on the composition of maize associated bacterial communities. Two genotypes of Brazilian maize were planted indoors on sterile sand, a deep underground subsoil, and a nutrient-rich topsoil from the Amazon jungle (terra preta). DNA was extracted from rhizospheres, phyllospheres, and surface sterilized(More)
Many microbes associate with higher eukaryotes and impact their vitality. To engineer microbiomes for host benefit, we must understand the rules of community assembly and maintenance that, in large part, demand an understanding of the direct interactions among community members. Toward this end, we have developed a Poisson-multivariate normal hierarchical(More)
Short oligonucleotides can be used as markers to tag and track DNA sequences. For example, barcoding techniques (i.e. Multiplex Identifiers or Indexing) use short oligonucleotides to distinguish between reads from different DNA samples pooled for high-throughput sequencing. A similar technique called molecule tagging uses the same principles but is applied(More)
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