Welcome to GWMC
To facilitate international collaboration and communication on research and education on global water microbiome studies, Global Water Microbiome Consortium was formed in May, 2014. Initially, we focused on municipal wastewater microbiome.
GWMC consists of researchers around the world. Till now, around 70 research groups in different universities and organizations from 23 countries have taken part in GWMC. We are now welcome any individual investigators, researchers, laboratories, and institutions who have general interests in water microbiomes to participate in this consortium (e-mail: email@example.com).
First Initiative: Global Investigation on Activated Sludge Microbiome
Since 2014, GWMC launched its first initiative (Municipal Wastewater Microbiome Initiative) and focused on Activated Sludge Microbiome. From 2014 to 2015, GWMC collected around 1200 activated sludge samples from 269 WWTPs in 23 countries on 6 continents, involving over 110 investigators around the world.
Now, all samples have been analyzed by amplicon sequencing of 16S/ITS/18S rRNA and amoA genes, and representative samples will further be investigated with metagenomic analysis. Very interesting results are comming out. We will soon publish our findings.
Second Initiative is Coming: Anaerobic Digester Microbiome Initiative (ADMI)
GWMC is initiating its second global sampling campaign for Anaerobic Digester Microbiome in 2018. The overall goal of ADMI is to provide system-level mechanistic understanding of the diversity, distribution, succession, and stability of global anaerobic digester microbiomes using high throughput metagenomic technologies.
We will greatly appreciate if you are interested in working with the GWMC on its anaerobic digester campaign. Specifically, we ask whether you can collect samples from one or several digesters for one or more timepoints according to the appended protocol. The microbial compositional data of your samples will be available to you free of charge. We also will appreciate it if you can help us to establish connections with other potential collaborators for this sampling project.
Contact: Dr. Jizhong Zhou (firstname.lastname@example.org) Dr. Daliang Ning (email@example.com)
Various Microbiome analyses
In general, the samples for each initiative will be analyzed using various high throughput metagenomic technologies.
 Phylogenetic marker gene squencing: 16S/ITS/18S rRNA genes;
 Functional gene sequencing: e.g. amoA nosZ nifH etc.;
 Shotgun metagenomic sequencing;
 High throughput functional gene microarray: GeoChip.
Welcome Global Water Microbiome Consortium
The overall mission of this consortium is to provide a platform to facilitate international collaboration and communication on research and education on global water & wastewater microbiome studies.
Since May, 2014
Under this consortium, various efforts/projects can be initiated, such as municipal wastewater microbiome initiative (MWMI) and anaerobic digester microbiome initiative (ADMI).
IEG in University of Oklahoma is now carrying out all microbiome analysis for GWMC. Initially, we will seek funding from individual institutions, e.g. Tsinghua University (China), University of Oklahoma (USA).
Any individual investigators, researchers, laboratories, and institutions who have general interests in water microbiomes may participate in this consortium.
GWMC forms a steering committee (SC) to ensure that the research activities within GWMC remain the state-of-the-art. Also, an external scientific advisory committee will be established to provide advice on scientific directions and strategic plans for GWMC.
- Global sampling campaign for Anearobic Digesters will begin.
- The first manuscript of GWMC studies will be submitted soon.
Prof. Jizhong Zhou
University of Oklahoma, USA
Prof. Xianghua Wen
Tsinghua University, China
Prof. Tom Curtis
Newcastle University, UK
Prof. Qiang He
University of Tennessee, USA
Prof. Zhili He
Sun Yat-Sen University, China
Updated 7/23/2018 by Global Water Microbiome Consortium: firstname.lastname@example.org