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A central challenge in the present era of biodiversity loss is to assess and manage human impacts on freshwater ecosystems. Macroinvertebrates are an ideal group for Environmental Impacts Assessment (EIA). However, generating accurate macroinvertebrate inventories...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Genetics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2044v4
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Cyanobacteria are major contributors to global biogeochemical cycles. The genetic diversity among Cyanobacteria enables them to thrive across many habitats. However, the taxonomy of Cyanobacteria remains unstable because of an inadequate taxonomic classification...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Genomics","Microbiology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2676v1
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To answer many of the major questions in comparative botany, ecology, and global change biology it is necessary to extrapolate across enormous geographic, temporal and taxonomic scales. Yet much ecological knowledge is still based on observations conducted within...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2615v2
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The diversity of complex microbial communities can be rapidly assessed by high-throughput DNA sequencing of marker gene (e.g., 16S) PCR amplicon pools, often yielding many thousands of DNA sequences per sample. However, analysis of such community amplicon sequencing...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2196v3
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Microorganisms that reside on and in mammals, such as bats, have the potential to influence their host’s health and to provide potential defenses against invading pathogens. However, we have little to no understanding of the external bacterial microbiome on bats,...

["Biogeography","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2493v1
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To microbiologists, the term macroecology may conjure iconic images of wildebeests grazing in African savannahs or hummingbirds pollinating flowers in a tropical rain forest. Contrary to what the name implies, macroecology is not the ecological study of macroscopic...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2478v1
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1) DNA metabarcoding is a powerful tool to assess biodiversity by amplifying and sequencing a standardized gene marker region. Its success is often limited due to variable binding sites that introduce amplification biases. Thus the development of optimized primers...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2352v1
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Understanding the distribution of taxa and associated traits across different environments is one of the central questions in microbial ecology. High-throughput sequencing (HTS) studies are presently generating huge volumes of data to address this biogeographical...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2317v1
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Solar salterns are excellent model ecosystems for studying virus-microbial interactions because of their low microbial diversity, environmental stability, and high viral density. By using the power of CRISPR spacers to link viruses to their prokaryotic hosts, we...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Ecology","Genomics","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2106v2
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A variety of methods are available to collapse 16S rRNA gene sequencing reads to the operational taxonomic units (OTUs) used in microbiome analyses. A number of studies have aimed to compare the quality of the resulting OTUs. However, in the absence of a standard...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2115v1
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Mock communities are an important tool for validating, optimizing, and comparing bioinformatics methods for microbial community analysis. We present mockrobiota, a public resource for sharing, validating, and documenting mock community data resources, available...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2065v1
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North Americans spend the majority of their time indoors where they are exposed to the microbiome of the built environment (BE) they inhabit. Despite the ubiquity of microbes in BEs, and their potential impacts on health and building materials, basic questions...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1797v1
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The natural sciences, such as ecology and earth science, study complex interactions between biotic and abiotic systems in order to infer understanding and make predictions. Machine-learning-based methods have an advantage over traditional statistical methods in...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Statistics","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1720v1
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Bioinformatics software often requires human-generated tabular text files as input and have specific requirements for how those data are formatted. Users frequently manage these data in spreadsheet programs, which is convenient for researchers who are compiling...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Ecology","Microbiology","Human-Computer Interaction"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1670v1
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The use of unique DNA sequences as a method for taxonomic identification is no longer fundamentally controversial, even though debate continues on the best markers, methods, and technology to use. Although both existing databanks such as GenBank and BOLD, as well...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Genetics","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1633v1
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