Community structure and metabolism through reconstruction of microbial genomes from the environment

  title={Community structure and metabolism through reconstruction of microbial genomes from the environment},
  author={Gene W. Tyson and Jarrod Chapman and Philip Hugenholtz and Eric E. Allen and Rachna J. Ram and Paul M. Richardson and Victor V. Solovyev and Edward M. Rubin and Daniel S. Rokhsar and Jillian F. Banfield},
Microbial communities are vital in the functioning of all ecosystems; however, most microorganisms are uncultivated, and their roles in natural systems are unclear. Here, using random shotgun sequencing of DNA from a natural acidophilic biofilm, we report reconstruction of near-complete genomes of Leptospirillum group II and Ferroplasma type II, and partial recovery of three other genomes. This was possible because the biofilm was dominated by a small number of species populations and the… CONTINUE READING
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