Detection and Characterization of Uncultivated Microorganisms Using Microarrays

  • Terry J. Gentry
  • Zhili He
  • Jizhong ZhouEmail author
Part of the Microbiology Monographs book series (MICROMONO, volume 10)


Microarrays have unprecedented potential for the high-throughput detection and characterization of uncultivated microorganisms. Several different types of arrays have been developed or adapted for the interrogation of microbial genomes and monitoring microbial population dynamics and/or activity in relation to various microbial processes such as bioremediation and biogeochemical cycling. Even though the number of such microarray studies has increased dramatically over the last few years, microarray analysis of uncultivated microorganisms still poses several challenges including a lack of sequence information for many organisms and related issues regarding the sensitivity and specificity of detection. As research continues to address these difficulties, and with further technological advances, microarrays will undoubtedly find even broader application to the investigation of uncultivated microorganisms, thus greatly increasing our understanding of the genetics, physiology, and distribution of these heretofore largely uncharacterized microorganisms.


Microbial Community Clone Library Oligonucleotide Probe Uncultivated Microorganism Microbial Characterization 
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The authors’ efforts in preparing this chapter were supported by the United States Department of Energy Office of Science as part of its Genomics:GTL program through the Virtual Institute of Microbial Stress and Survival (VIMSS; and Environmental Remediation Science Program of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Office of Science.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Environmental Genomics, Department of Botany and MicrobiologyUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  2. 2.Department of Soil & Crop SciencesTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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