A part of the USDA ARS Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Unit

The Agricultural Microbiome Group focuses on developing new computational methods to advance agriculture by understanding and controlling microbial communities and enabling agricultural researchers to use microbiome data.
The lab has a unique research-service model. We are in a service unit of the ARS which runs its own sequencing center and provides consulting and collaborative support to the the 2000 scientists and postdocs across the ARS with a particular focus on scientists in the Southeast. We also conduct research into new computational methods in microbiome science.

Research areas

  • Application of machine learning to agricultural data
  • Statistical analysis of compositional count data
  • Viral metagenomics

Service areas:

  • Design and Sequencing of metagenome and metatranscriptome experiments
  • The development of training courses for ARS, like our 2017 ARS Microbiome Workshop
  • Design of Amlicon sequencing (16S) experiments
  • Development of amplicon sequencing services in conjunction with our Stoneville sequencing lab
  • Guide ARS’s Scientific computing initiative as a member of the Executive SCINet Advisory Committee