We expect to generate the following resources for the research community.

  1. Standardised guidelines and procedures - We will develop and standardise optimal guidelines and procedures to collect, store and process biological samples based on open resources.
  2. Database of sample and data availability - We will make sample and data availability as transparent as possible to foster collaborations and minimise redundant work.
  3. Catalogue of animal-associated microorganism genomes - The shotgun sequencing procedures we are employing enables reconstructing the genomes of the bacteria residing in animal guts. We expect to reconstruct thousands of genomes of bacteria associated with wild animals.
  4. Microbiota variation profiles across individuals and species - We will generate gut microbiota profiles at the individual level. The wealth of metadata we are collecting, will enable to compare microbiota profiles across individuals, populations and species.
  5. Whole genome sequence datasets of animal species - Leveraging the existing initiatives to generate high quality reference genomes, we will generate whole genome sequencing data of the host species.
  6. Virtual platform to visualise paired animal genomic and microbial metagenomic data - While the raw and processed (genome VCF files, bacterial MAGs) will be stored in public databases, we will build a user-friendly web portal that interconnects all the data and enables visualisation of spatial and phylogenetic variation of microbiota data.

Center for Evolutionary Hologenomics, GLOBE Institute
University of Copenhagen
Ă˜ster Farimagsgade 5, 7
1353 Copenhagen K, Denmark


Coordinator: Antton Alberdi, PhD