Developing Bioinformatic Methods to Enable the Targeted Use of Microbiomes


Microbial biodiversity is of fundamental importance for the functioning of ecosystems. Among other things, microbiomes –  i.e. microorganisms (MO) in their totality (bacteria, fungi, archaea, viruses) –  can support plant and animal health, improve natural pest control, speed up nutrient cycles, or enable the processing of agricultural products via fermentation.

Bioinformatic data analysis and integration skills are urgently required for the comprehensive description, clarification of the modes of action, and subsequent targeted use of microbiomes or individual MOs for the purposes of integrated production. This encompasses the processing, analysis and integration of  metagenome, genome and gene-expression data, as well as further data on functional genomics.

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