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Proteomics Measurements of Functional Redundancy and Stability Testing of Cellulose Degrading Anaerobic Microbial Communities within Engineered Bioreactors

Contacts: Stephen Callister, Brian Lamarche, Aaron Wright, Michael Wilkins

Hypothesis: Greater functional redundancy is positively correlated to the stability (or reliability) of an ecosystem delivering services in the face of environmental change. (Naeem 1998, Rastette, Gough et al. 1999)

Scientific Objective: Characterize the stability of cellulose degradation in anaerobic microbial communities.

We will develop proteomics and bioinformatics capabilities to measure functional redundancy. These will be used to derive a stability metric based on functional redundancy. The stability metric will be used to test they hypothesis.

Microbial Communities

Biological Sciences Division

Fundamental & Computational Sciences

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Beyond the Batch: Understanding the Physical and Biological Structure of Microbial Communities
February 7, 2011
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Extending Genomics & Proteomics to Quantitative Functional Analyses