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Get involved, get wet, and take part in River Sampling Day for a ‘microbial snapshot’

The Micro B3 project is calling for volunteer researchers to take part in its River Sampling Day (RSD) initiative. The aim is to create a snapshot of microbial diversity and functions on a single day – the summer solstice on 21 June 2013 – in rivers around the world.

Microbial communities in rivers are greatly under-researched, even though they play important roles in the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and carbon, and the clean-up of freshwater pollution. The samples collected will be investigated using the same criteria, looking at microbe community profiles and their metagenomes. The results will form a shared, global dataset which the Micro B3 organisers hope will be the starting point for a long-term sampling campaign for the years to come based on a network of future collaborators.

The Micro B3 project is developing bioinformatics approaches for large-scale data on marine viral, bacterial, archaeal and protists genomes and metagenomes. As part of this research, it is organising simultaneous global, ocean-sampling day (OSD) events. The first took place on 20 June and 21 December 2012, and the positive reaction has led the ocean sampling to be extended through 2013 to June 2014. The River Sampling Day (RSD) events are the latest development – based on the encouraging success of the OSD so far.

Read about River Sampling Day

Micro B3 is inviting external researchers to join RSD. If you are associated with a river research site or other regular river research activity and would like to participate in the RSD pilot study please register.