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Assembly of 913 microbial genomes from metagenomic sequencing of the cow rumen
Published on 28/02/2018
Understanding how ruminants convert their food into energy can help improve the efficiency of food digestion and allow producers to create more food while using fewer resources. The rumen contains a microbial ecosystem in which a dense and complex mixture of bacteria, archaea, protozoa, and fungi convert carbohydrates to short-chain, volatile fatty acids (VFAs). However, the rumen remains an under-characterized environment, containing many microbial species and strains that have not been cultured. This article presents 913 draft bacterial and archaeal genomes from 43 Scottish cattle. Most of these genomes were previously unsequenced strains and species.