Author Archives: Bonnie Hurwitz

Announcing VERVE Net

Great News for the Viral Ecology Community!  We were just funded by the Gordon Betty Moore Foundation to deliver VERVE Net:

VERVE Net: Viral Ecology Research and Virtual Exchange Network

Bonnie Hurwitz, PhD, PI, University of Arizona; Lenny Teytelman, PhD, Scientific Lead, ZappyLab

The advent of metagenomic methods to sequence DNA directly from an environment has revolutionized viral ecology, making it possible to “see” natural viral communities that could not be previously studied through culture.  This technological leap has enabled further innovation in: extracting and sequencing limited viral DNA from communities, enriching and sequencing wild viruses through single-cell genomics, and creating new bioinformatics methods for large-scale comparative and functional metagenomics.  Yet, the knowledge for specialized techniques in viral ecology remains in a subset of labs.  We are developing a viral ecology community forum called VERVE Net to increase connectivity and knowledge dissemination in viral ecology research at all levels from undergraduates to accomplished viral ecologists.  VERVE Net will leverage and refine existing software from ZappyLab to enhance a researcher’s ability to: discuss and share protocols (via, connect with fellow community members (VERVE Net community forum), and learn about new and innovative research in the field (via PubChase).  In delivering these valuable tools, VERVE Net will become a central resource to connect, collaborate, share and innovate for the viral ecology community. 

The latest on iMicrobe

Greetings from Spain and the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography conference!  Check out the latest and greatest for the iMicrobe Project to: Promote reuse and discovery of large-scale  –omics datasets through a common ecosystem of tools, data storage, and computational resources by re-purposing the iPlant CyberinfrastructureSlides are Here. diatoms