EcoFABs: advancing microbiome science through standardized fabricated ecosystems

Karsten Zengler, Kirsten Hofmockel, Nitin S. Baliga, Scott W. Behie, Hans C. Bernstein, James B. Brown, José R. Dinneny, Sheri A. Floge, Samuel P. Forry, Matthias Hess, Scott A. Jackson, Christer Jansson, Stephen R. Lindemann, Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Costas Maranas, Ophelia S. Venturelli, Matthew D. Wallenstein, Elizabeth A. Shank, Trent R. Northen

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Microbiomes play critical roles in ecosystems and human health, yet in most cases scientists lack standardized and reproducible model microbial communities. The development of fabricated microbial ecosystems, which we term EcoFABs, will provide such model systems for microbiome studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-571
Number of pages5
JournalNature methods
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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