Wed 14th September 2016
Join Ken McGrath from the Australian Genome Research Facility as he shares how he explored the mystery of the pink lake using MinION, the portable nanopore sequencer.
The MinION is being used for rapid environment and metagenomic analyses and species identification in the field. It offers rapid turnaround of data with real-time analysis, long read lengths, simple workflows and a portable system that can be used in remote environments
Date: Wednesday 14th September
Time: 14:00 UK time, 15:00 CET, 09:00 EDT
The eXtreme Microbiome Project (XMP) is a global scientific collaboration to characterize, discover, and develop new pipelines and protocols for studying novel microorganisms in extreme environments, including “The Door to Hell” gas crater in Turkmenistan, permafrost soils beside frozen mammoths, blood-red waterfalls from Antarctica, and even samples from the International Space Station. Included in this study is Lake Hillier, a bright-pink hypersaline lake located on a remote island off the Western Australian coast. While the pink colour is thought to be caused by salt-loving algae, the actual microbial composition of the lake is unknown. The XMP collected and analysed lake water and sediment samples using a variety of metagenomics techniques, including the Oxford Nanopore MinION. The analysis revealed a surprising range of microbial diversity in the lake.
Ken McGrath is the National Sequencing Manager at the Australian Genome Research Facility, based in Brisbane, Australia. He obtained his PhD studying Molecular Pathology in 2005 from the University of Queensland, and has a research background in microbial community genomics, including human and environmental microbiomes and metagenomics analysis. Ken is currently involved with several research projects, including the US-based eXtreme Microbiome Project (XMP), as well as evaluating emerging technologies that can be used to profile the diversity of microbial communities.
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