[Coral-List] Coral Microbiome Portal

Amy Apprill aapprill at whoi.edu
Fri Oct 23 11:13:54 EDT 2015

Dear Colleagues,

My laboratory recently created a ‘Coral Microbiome Portal’, an on-line, 
freely accessible and user-friendly platform that will facilitate 
analysis of microbial sequence data from corals.


We envision that this portal will allow our community to compare and 
contrast the microbiomes of corals across species and reefs, and link 
the sequence data to available metadata.This portal may be especially 
useful for researchers lacking their own computational resources.  We 
are currently using the Marine Biological Laboratory’s VAMPS 
infrastructure and support for this portal, which contains helpful tools 
for visualizing and analyzing the data.The portal  contains bacterial 
and archaeal SSU rRNA gene amplicon sequence data from 8 studies, and we 
have linked in 5 related studies (including eukaryotic sequences from 
reef waters). You are welcome to create an account on the portal, upload 
new data (and keep it private until publication, if desired), and use 
this database to complement your own analyses.Alternatively, the 
sequences can be easily exported.

Please use the portal and contribute new data (upload guidelines 
provided)!Our community has the option of adding additional features to 
our portal, and I welcome your feedback on these features.

Thank you,
Amy Apprill

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