About this Research Topic
A number of research exploration and monitoring programs such as the Tara Oceans global expedition and the Marine Biological Observing Network (MBON), and the rising popularity of environmental DNA (eDNA) already led to a wealth of data. However, the wide range of methodologies used in this early exploration phase poses a challenge to integrative studies, prompting community responses such as the Genomic Standards Consortium.
This Research Topic will foster cross-community exchange of standards and best practices. It is an opportunity for the different communities working on marine microbiomes to discuss the advantages and the limitations of their sampling and analysis methods. The collection of papers will constitute a knowledge base aimed at (1) addressing the integration of existing observations from heterogenous methods and data types, and (2) working towards cross-communities standards and best practices for future observations and experiments.
This Research Topic will publish comprehensive methodological papers that review a sufficiently large body of field or experimental work. Supporting (meta)data, such as environmental context, sampling materials, sample treatments, extraction and imaging yields, must be provided and should preferably be uploaded to an online sample registry such as BioSamples. Protocols and analytical methods should preferably be uploaded to an online repository such as Protocols.io.
We welcome contributions from communities working in different environments:
· focus on marine systems, but also interested in estuarine and freshwater systems
· coastal, open ocean and deep-sea regions
· benthic, pelagic and aerosol environments
We strongly encourage contributions from communities involved in:
· networks of local observatories and long-term monitoring programs
· regional & basin-scale surveys, and global expeditions
· biodiscovery linked to economic sectors such as pharmaceutics and bioengineering
· environmental and health assessments linked to economic sectors such as aquaculture, fisheries, seabed mining, wind-farms, and oil and gas
Photo Credits: Fondation Tara Océan©
Keywords: microbiome, methods, observation, biodiscovery, ecosystems
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