We are researchers at the UW-Madison with a shared interest in microbiome science and engineering. We use the term “microbiome” broadly but it usually refers to the collection of microorganisms that interact with each other and with their surroundings (sometimes including a multi-cellular host). The Microbiome Portal is a website, and associated activities, that aim to showcase our work and connect us locally. UW-Madison microbiome researchers work in many different systems ranging from the human body, animals, soil, plants, lakes, food, wastewater treatment systems, and test tubes. We use combinations of -omics, computational biology, experiments, field work, and simulations to advance our understanding of how microbiomes function and how we can harness them to improve the quality of life for humans and the health of the environment. The Wisconsin Microbiome Portal is the nucleus of microbiome research at UW-Madison that will provide the means to unite the community around common ideas, sponsor workshops and symposia, and present the community of microbiome researchers at UW-Madison to the world.
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Comparison of Aquaculture Microbes Across the Midwest
Aquaculture (a method of fish production) is a growing industry, and recirculating aquaculture systems have many benefits including decreased pollution and decreased distance to market. Plants can also be grown in this system using hydroponics. This nutrient-rich system is full of microbes, and is not dissimilar to wastewater. Ryan Bartelme from UW-Milwaukee is here to crack open the black box of the aquaculture microbiome using 16S rRNA gene amplicion sequencing. Comparing aquaculture systems across the Midwest revealed that the source of the water was a major factor in the microbial community composition. Some bacteria were found across sites, including fish pathogens. This data also showed that aquaculture systems also host many nitrifying microbes. Ryan identified an association between Nitrospira and ammonia-oxidizing Archaea within the nitrifying community that was consistent across sites. This research may help guide aquaculture management decisions. -Alex LinzRead More