Stable isotope probing with 18O-water to investigate microbial growth and death in environmental samples

Egbert Schwartz, Michaela Hayer, Bruce A Hungate, Benjamin J. Koch, Theresa A. McHugh, William Mercurio, Ember M. Morrissey, Katerina Soldanova

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Abstract

Growth and mortality of microorganisms have been characterized through DNA stable isotope probing (SIP) with 18O-water in soils from a range of ecosystems. Conventional SIP has been improved by sequencing a marker gene in all fractions retrieved from an ultracentrifuge tube to produce taxon density curves, which allow estimating the atom percent isotope composition of each microbial taxon's genome. Very recent advances in SIP with 18O-water include expansion of the technique to aquatic samples, investigations of microbial turnover in soil, and the first use of 18O-water in RNA-SIP studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-18
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Volume41
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StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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Isotopes
Water
Growth
Soil
Genes
Microbial Genome
Soils
RNA
Microorganisms
Ecosystems
Ecosystem
DNA
Atoms
Mortality
Chemical analysis

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Stable isotope probing with 18O-water to investigate microbial growth and death in environmental samples. / Schwartz, Egbert; Hayer, Michaela; Hungate, Bruce A; Koch, Benjamin J.; McHugh, Theresa A.; Mercurio, William; Morrissey, Ember M.; Soldanova, Katerina.

In: Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Vol. 41, 01.10.2016, p. 14-18.

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Schwartz, Egbert ; Hayer, Michaela ; Hungate, Bruce A ; Koch, Benjamin J. ; McHugh, Theresa A. ; Mercurio, William ; Morrissey, Ember M. ; Soldanova, Katerina. / Stable isotope probing with 18O-water to investigate microbial growth and death in environmental samples. In: Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 2016 ; Vol. 41. pp. 14-18.
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