Aquatic microbial communities represent one of the largest reservoirs of genetic and biochemical
diversity on the planet, and metagenomic studies have led to the discovery of novel gene families and a deeper understanding of how microbial communities mediate the flow of carbon and energy. However, most of these studies have been based on a static ‘snap shot’ of genetic diversity found under a particular set of environmental conditions. This study involves a metagenomic time-series to better understand how microbial communities control carbon cycling in freshwater systems.
Principal Investigators: Katherine McMahon, University of Wisconsin
Program: CSP 2011