Modelling plankton ecosystems in the meta-omics era. Are we ready?

Krzysztof Franciszek Stec, Luigi Caputi, Pier Luigi Buttigieg, Domenico D'Alelio, Federico Matias Ibarbalz, Matthew Sullivan, Samuel Chaffron, Chris Bowler, Maurizio Ribera d'Alcalà, Daniele Iudicone

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Abstract

Recent progress in applying meta-omics approaches to the study of marine ecosystems potentially allows scientists to study the genetic and functional diversity of plankton at an unprecedented depth and with enhanced precision. However, while a range of persistent technical issues still need to be resolved, a much greater obstacle currently preventing a complete and integrated view of the marine ecosystem is the absence of a clear conceptual framework. Herein, we discuss the knowledge that has thus far been derived from conceptual and statistical modelling of marine plankton ecosystems, and illustrate the potential power of integrated meta-omics approaches in the field. We then propose the use of a semantic framework is necessary to support integrative ecological modelling in the meta-omics era, particularly when having to face the increased interdisciplinarity needed to address global issues related to climate change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalMarine Genomics
Volume32
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Stec, K. F., Caputi, L., Buttigieg, P. L., D'Alelio, D., Ibarbalz, F. M., Sullivan, M., ... Iudicone, D. (2017). Modelling plankton ecosystems in the meta-omics era. Are we ready? Marine Genomics, 32, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margen.2017.02.006

Modelling plankton ecosystems in the meta-omics era. Are we ready? / Stec, Krzysztof Franciszek; Caputi, Luigi; Buttigieg, Pier Luigi; D'Alelio, Domenico; Ibarbalz, Federico Matias; Sullivan, Matthew; Chaffron, Samuel; Bowler, Chris; Ribera d'Alcalà, Maurizio; Iudicone, Daniele.

In: Marine Genomics, Vol. 32, 01.04.2017, p. 1-17.

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Stec, KF, Caputi, L, Buttigieg, PL, D'Alelio, D, Ibarbalz, FM, Sullivan, M, Chaffron, S, Bowler, C, Ribera d'Alcalà, M & Iudicone, D 2017, 'Modelling plankton ecosystems in the meta-omics era. Are we ready?', Marine Genomics, vol. 32, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margen.2017.02.006
Stec, Krzysztof Franciszek ; Caputi, Luigi ; Buttigieg, Pier Luigi ; D'Alelio, Domenico ; Ibarbalz, Federico Matias ; Sullivan, Matthew ; Chaffron, Samuel ; Bowler, Chris ; Ribera d'Alcalà, Maurizio ; Iudicone, Daniele. / Modelling plankton ecosystems in the meta-omics era. Are we ready?. In: Marine Genomics. 2017 ; Vol. 32. pp. 1-17.
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