Anyone interested in microbial ecology informatics should check out the “mothur” software (Main Page – mothur) from Pat Schloss at U. Mass. Schloss, who has developed a lot of great software tools inlcuding for example dotur and sons, is now developing an open source modular sofwate system for microbial ecology studies. And the name of it is mothur (get the theme?). Here is some more detail about mothur:
This project seeks to develop a single piece of open-source, expandable software to fill the bioinformatics needs of the microbial ecology community. As of version 1.2.0 we have incorporated the functionality of dotur, sons, treeclimber, s-libshuff, and unifrac. In addition to improving the flexibility of these algorithms, we have added a number of other features including calculators and visualization tools. If you would like to contribute code to the project feel free to download the source code and make your own improvements. Alternatively, if you have an idea or a need, but lack the programming expertise, let us know and we’ll add it to the queue of features we would like to add. Our current goal is to release a new iteration of the project monthly.
Anyway, thanks to my student Amber Hartman for pointing this out — I will be perusing it but thought others should too. Hopefully, we can include some of the software from my lab such as AMPHORA, STAP, etc. into their code at some point.