Fierer Lab

Exploring the structure and function of microbial communities

Microbial community data in R: Introducing mctoolsr

By Jon Leff June 14, 2016 The problem There – I did it. I made it through processing my raw amplicon (marker gene, 16S rRNA, 18S rRNA, or fungal ITS, etc.) DNA sequences. Now I have a table that tells me how many of each taxon (i.e. phylotype, OTU, etc.) are represented in each sample.

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Great hair breeds great science

We, the Fierer lab, congratulate Dr. Anne Madden on her latest (and probably the most important) award: The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists™ Woman of the Year 2015! This is an incredible achievement, and we know Dr. Madden has worked very hard to realize this level of recognition. For more information, please visit this

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Microbial Biogeography Within Individual Trees

On a gray morning in Boston, Massachusetts, I met with Ned Friedman, the director of the Arnold Arboretum, and Peter Del Tredici, a senior scientist at the Arboretum and ginkgo guru. We were all excited to begin work sampling the microbiota of a few ginkgo trees. We were also excited to use the arboretum’s cherry

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