HoloGenomics
for ecology, evolution and conservation

The Earth HoloGenome Initiative aims to promote, facilitate, coordinate and standardise hologenomic research on animal-microbiota systems worldwide

EHI IS IN A BETA PHASE 
 THE WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

# 1

Generate paired animal genomic and microbial metagenomic data of wild organisms worldwide

# 2

Create an interdisciplinary network of field biologists, (meta)genomicists, microbiologists and data scientists

# 3

Standardise and optimise sampling, preservation and laboratory methods to enable reproducible and comparable research based on open resources

# 4

Create a transparent biobank and database to enhance data generation and analysis efficiency

Ethical principles

COLLABORATION

EHI is built on the strong convinction that collaboration, rather than competition, is the way to creating groundbreaking science

OPENNESS

We firmly believe that all procedures, results and knowledge must be openly accessible for everyone

TRANSPARENCY

We defend that all management and research procedures, as well as project-development status and sample/data availability must be fully transparent

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

With a new project

If you are planning to start a new project in which you plan to get biological samples from animals, you should consider developing it within the framework of the EHI. We will assess the best strategy to generate paired genomic and microbial metagenomic data following standardised pipelines, and use the data to address your own research questions and beyond.

Contributing to an existing project

If you are sampling animals for research or training purposes, and you can get biological samples that may contribute to existing projects, we encourage you to contact us and request sampling kits to make the most of your field work.

PROGRESS STATUS

113

RESEARCHERS

including mammalogists, ornithologists and herpetologists have joined the EHI network

41

COUNTRIES

are so far represented in the EHI network

137

VERTEBRATES 

The EHI network expects to gather samples of many vertebrate species

16

SAMPLING KITS

have been already distributed around the world to collect samples following standardised procedures

PROGRESS

Status of the Phase 1 progress to achieve paired population-level
host genome::gut metagenome datasets of 85 vertebrate species

0%

Sampling

60%

Laboratory processing

50%

DNA sequencing

Bioinformatic processing

Would you like
to participate?

- ARE YOU A NATURALIST WHO OFTEN SAMPLES ANIMALS?
- ARE YOU A RESEARCHER RUNNING POPULATION GENOMICS STUDIES ON VERTEBRATES?
- WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FIELD WORK AND CONTRIBUTE TO A MAJOR RESEARCH INITIATIVE?

Learn more about the different options to participate in the Earth HoloGenome Initiative and do not hesitate to contact us if you are willing to contribute.

Address

GLOBE Institute
University of Copenhagen
Ă˜ster Farimagsgade 5, 7
1353 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Contact

Coordinator: Antton Alberdi, PhD
Email: ehi@sund.ku.dk

Links

GLOBE Institute
University of Copenhagen