The biosynthesis of "natural products" (AKA awesome molecules like antibiotics) occurs through the actions of proteins which in turn are encoded by genes. These genes contain conserved motifs that can be amplified by PCR and characterized by Next Generation Sequencing. By looking at samples from around the world we hope to identify new biosynthetic systems and from this discover new molecules. BUT..... We need your help!
The world is a big place and we can't get to all of the various corners of it. We would like some assistance in sampling soil from around the world. If this sounds interesting to you - sign up below!
This is a purely observational study which we hope will guide future molecule discovery efforts that are beyond the scope of this project. Therefore, in keeping with the best practices of the Nagoya Protocol on biodiversity, we will not archive the genetic information contained in any soil nor will we culture any organisms from any soil samples we receive. We will deposit all data obtained in this study on a publicly accessible resource.
Our first goal is to obtain soil samples from each of the 50 states. We've already collected a number of samples as you can see on the left. Therefore we are prioritizing samples from states where we have yet to collect samples from - these states are colored yellow/orange.
However, even if you live in one of the other states - don't despair! There are many interesting environments in all 50 states that we have yet to sample and we would love to collect samples from them all.
Sample soils from around the world
Choose biodiverse regions and sequence at depth.
We want to know some basic information about where you live and who you are. If you live in an area that is poorly represented in our sample group we will e-mail you with instructions on how to harvest and ship a soil sample.