Strategies to improve reference databases for soil microbiomes

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2016-01-01
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Choi, Jinlyung
Yang, Fan
Stepanauskas, Ramunas
Cardenas, Erick
Garoutte, Aaron
Williams, Ryan
Flater, Jared
Tiedje, James
Hofmockel, Kirsten
Gelder, Brian
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Microbial populations in the soil are critical in our lives. The soil microbiome helps to grow our food, nourishing and protecting plants, while also providing important ecological services such as erosion protection, water filtration and climate regulation. We are increasingly aware of the tremendous microbial diversity that has a role in soil heath; yet, despite significant efforts to isolate microbes from the soil, we have accessed only a small fraction of its biodiversity. Even with novel cell isolation techniques,

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This article is available as an advance online publication at 10.1038/ismej.2016.168,

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