USGS microbiome research

Fact Sheet 2017-3074
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Microbiomes are the communities of microorganisms (for example, bacteria, viruses, and fungi) that live on, in, and around people, plants, animals, soil, water, and the atmosphere. Microbiomes are active in the functioning of diverse ecosystems, for instance, by influencing water quality, nutrient acquisition 
and stress tolerance in plants, and stability of soil and aquatic environments. Microbiome research conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey spans many of our mission areas. Key research areas include water quality, understanding climate effects on soil and permafrost, ecosystem and wildlife health, invasive species, contaminated environments to improve bioremediation, and enhancing energy production. Microbiome research will fundamentally strengthen the ability to address the global challenges of maintaining clean water, ensuring adequate food supply, meeting energy needs, and preserving human and ecosystem health.

Suggested Citation

Kellogg, C.A., and Hopkins, M.C., 2017, USGS microbiome research: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3074, 4 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Invasive Species Management
  • Wildlife Health and Disease
  • Spread of Antibiotic Resistance
  • Ecosystem Conservation and Management
  • Improving Production of Natural Gas
  • Permafrost
  • Bioremediation
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title USGS microbiome research
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2017-3074
DOI 10.3133/fs20173074
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston VA
Contributing office(s) Office of the AD Ecosystems
Description 4 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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