Research Highlights: Researchers created a device that mimics coastal environment to improve microbial studies


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Researchers created a device that mimics coastal environment to improve microbial studies

  • The environment near coastal areas can vary depending on the weather and geographic location.
  • A team of researchers from California State University San Marcos and Binomica Labs created an incubation equipment that reflects the changes in coastal environment by programming light and temperature cycles.
  • The setup should permit improved precision in vitro coastal microbiome research studies.
  • The researchers demonstrated an incubation environment similar to the coastal environment using oscillating water bath and programmable temperature and light gradients.
  • Researchers compared microbial communities from natural coast to the communities from the artificial environment.
  • The results showed significant similarity between microbial communities in coastal environment and in the artificial environment.
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Hunter, B. T., Flury, J. D., Cocioba, S. S., Cope-Arguello, M. L., Helms, J. M., García, K. H., Dominguez, G., Taniguchi, D. A., & Becket, E. (2022). Engineering an incubation environment that mimics in situ conditions for in vitro coastal microbiome studies. BioTechniques, 10.2144/btn-2022-0080. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.2144/btn-2022-0080

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