The ocean sampling day consortium

Anna Kopf, Mesude Bicak, Renzo Kottmann, Julia Schnetzer, Ivaylo Kostadinov, Katja Lehmann, Antonio Fernandez-Guerra , Christian Jeanthon, Eyal Rahav, Matthias Ullrich, Eva Sonnenschein, Stephen Jackson

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    Ocean Sampling Day was initiated by the EU-funded Micro B3 (Marine Microbial Biodiversity, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology) project to obtain a snapshot of the marine microbial biodiversity and function of the world’s oceans. It is a simultaneous global mega-sequencing campaign aiming to generate the largest standardized microbial data set in a single day. This will be achievable only through the coordinated efforts of an Ocean Sampling Day Consortium, supportive partnerships and networks between sites. This commentary outlines the establishment, function and aims of the Consortium and describes our vision for a sustainable study of marine microbial communities and their embedded functional traits.
    Original languageEnglish
    Issue number27
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    • Ocean sampling day
    • OSD
    • Biodiversity
    • Genomics
    • Health Index
    • Bacteria
    • Microorganism
    • Metagenomics
    • Marine
    • Micro B3
    • Standards


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