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Mainstreaming microbes across biomes


Clarke, LJ and Jones, PJ and Ammitzboll, H and Barmuta, LA and Breed, MF and Chariton, A and Charleston, M and Dakwa, V and Dewi, F and Eri, R and Fountain-Jones, NM and Freeman, J and Kendal, D and McDougal, R and Raes, EJ and Sow, SLS and Staples, T and Sutcliffe, B and Vemuri, R and Weyrich, LS and Flies, EJ, Mainstreaming microbes across biomes, Bioscience, 70, (7) pp. 589-596. ISSN 0006-3568 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/biosci/biaa057


Bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms in the environment (i.e., environmental microbiomes) provide vital ecosystem services and affect human health. Despite their importance, public awareness of environmental microbiomes has lagged behind that of human microbiomes. A key problem has been a scarcity of research demonstrating the microbial connections across environmental biomes (e.g., marine, soil) and between environmental and human microbiomes. We show in the present article, through analyses of almost 10,000 microbiome papers and three global data sets, that there are significant taxonomic similarities in microbial communities across biomes, but very little cross-biome research exists. This disconnect may be hindering advances in microbiome knowledge and translation. In this article, we highlight current and potential applications of environmental microbiome research and the benefits of an interdisciplinary, cross-biome approach. Microbiome scientists need to engage with each other, government, industry, and the public to ensure that research and applications proceed ethically, maximizing the potential benefits to society.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:microbiome, microbiology, environmental science, human ecology, aquatic ecosystems, soil science
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Microbial ecology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Clarke, LJ (Dr Laurence Clarke)
UTAS Author:Jones, PJ (Dr Penelope Jones)
UTAS Author:Ammitzboll, H (Mr Hans Ammitzboll)
UTAS Author:Barmuta, LA (Associate Professor Leon Barmuta)
UTAS Author:Charleston, M (Professor Michael Charleston)
UTAS Author:Dakwa, V (Miss Vongai Dakwa)
UTAS Author:Dewi, F (Ms Fera Dewi)
UTAS Author:Eri, R (Associate Professor Raj Eri)
UTAS Author:Fountain-Jones, NM (Dr Nicholas Fountain-Jones)
UTAS Author:Kendal, D (Dr Dave Kendal)
UTAS Author:Sow, SLS (Ms Swan Sow)
UTAS Author:Vemuri, R (Mr Ravichandra Vemuri)
UTAS Author:Flies, EJ (Dr Emily Flies)
ID Code:139535
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-06-19
Last Modified:2021-05-19
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