Last year as part of microBEnet’s mandate to perform outreach associated with the microbiology of the built environment we sponsored and managed an undergraduate research project. In this we isolated organisms from the built environment and then sequenced several reference genomes. This work is currently being prepared in a series of genome announcement publications. (see previous blog post here, see the blog for the project here).
This year we have a new crop of undergraduates who are going to be examining biogeography and succession of microbial communities in aquariums. You can follow the progress of this project here.