How to keep up with microbial ecology and the built environment: microBEnet is your place

Just posting a wrap up of posts on microBEnet (where I blog frequently as do many other folks that work on something related to microbial ecology, the built environment, or the intersection of the two).  microBEnet is really becoming a central place to find out what is going on in the world of microbial ecology and the built environment.  And I love that we are getting more and more posts from outsiders about their work, their meetings, their ideas and more.  Anyway – here is a wrap up of the posts for the last month.  If you are interesting in joining microBEnet and writing posts about relevant topics, let me know.

Jenna Lang (staff scientist in my lab) — meeting reports from a Planetary Protection meeting

My posts:

Alexander Sczyrba on the Critical Assessment of Metagenome Interpretation (CAMI)

Elisabeth Bik from Stanford roundups from Microbiome Digest
David Coil (a staff scientist at UC Davis in my lab)
Linsey Marr of Virginia Tech
Rachel Adams – post doc at UC Berkeley
Ben Kirkup of the  Naval Research Laboratory
Embryete Hyde from UCSD

Brent Stephens of the Illinois Institute of Technology

OMICS Driven Microbial Ecology …

Quick post here.  Just discovered a nice review paper by Suenaga on targeted metagenomics: Targeted metagenomics: a high-resolution metagenomics approach for specific gene clusters in complex microbial communities – Suenaga – 2011 – Environmental Microbiology

This “Special Issue” on “OMICS Driven Microbial Ecology” has a series of papers, all of which seem to be freely available, of potential interest to readers of this blog including:

and more
Oh, and a paper of mine (with Alex Worden and other members of her lab as well as multiple others)