Postdoctoral fellowships in fungal taxonomy and genomics; one focused on fungi from dust #microBEnet

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN FUNGAL TAXONOMY AND GENOMICS. Keith Seifert is looking for two post-docs, one interested in the identification of microfungi, and the other interested in participating in a genome project, for two-year positions in Ottawa, Canada. The first position is funded by the A.P. Sloan Foundation. A large and diverse collection of 6000-7000 strains isolated by …

Genomic standards for microbial ecology studies (including built environment)

There is a new #openaccess article in ISME of great importance to those studying the microbiology of the built environment: The ISME Journal – The genomic standards consortium: bringing standards to life for microbial ecology.  This article focuses mostly on those characterizing “marker genes” (i.e., genes of value in phylogenetic characterization of taxa) in some way. …

Interesting news story by @MatthewHerper in @Forbes on the @IonTorrent DNA sequencing system #microBEnet

DNA sequencing technology, a key tool in characterizing microbes in the environment, just keeps getting cheaper and easier.  Right now there are some really nice technologies out there in machines from Illumina/Solexa, Roche/454 and ABI.  And coming on the horizon are some new systems that possibly will be either “better” in some way or allow …