Plant + animal microbes

To understand these interactions, complete genetic characterization of microbes is needed to drive improvements in crop yields, advance livestock health and production, and further preservation of wild animals and natural habitats.

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Break through the unknown

Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) sequencing delivers a complete view of the microbiota impacting plant and animal health, growth, and production. The PacBio systems enable scientists to:

  • Generate complete genome assemblies to understand the mechanisms underlying virulence, drug resistance, and immune escape
  • Use microbial epigenetics to understand how methylation impacts critical traits including host-adaptation and competition
  • Understand global threats to plant and animal health by resolving viral populations
  • Characterize soil, water, plant and animal microbial communities to understand how phytobiomes influence ecosystem health and productivity

Learn how other scientist have used SMRT sequencing to understand how microbes impact plant and animal health:


Species-level resolution of marine microbiomes

Scientists explored the complex ecosystem of coral-associated bacterial communities to understand their diversity and structure in the Indo-Pacific. PacBio full-length 16S rRNA sequences revealed a conserved profile of bacteria across diverse habitats. Explore this research further:

Pootakham, W. et al., 2017. High resolution profiling of coral-associated bacterial communities using full-length 16S rRNA sequence data from PacBio SMRT sequencing systemScientific Reports, 7(1), p.2774.

High resolution profiling of coral- associated bacterial communities

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Phylogenetic analysis uncovers variation within a bacterial species

Scientists used whole genome sequencing to compare bacterial isolates from cattle. Their study revealed large within-species variation caused by changes in gene number and structural rearrangement that impact strain pathogenicity. Explore this research further:

Dickey, A.M. et al., 2016. Large genomic differences between Moraxella bovoculi isolates acquired from the eyes of cattle with infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis versus the deep nasopharynx of asymptomatic cattle. Veterinary Research, 47(1), p.31.

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