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Recent insights into the tick microbiome gained through next-generation sequencing

Greay, T.L., Gofton, A.W., Paparini, A.ORCID: 0000-0002-1105-5184, Ryan, U.M.ORCID: 0000-0003-2710-9324, Oskam, C.L. and Irwin, P.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-0006-8262 (2018) Recent insights into the tick microbiome gained through next-generation sequencing. Parasites & Vectors, 11 . Article number: 12.

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The tick microbiome comprises communities of microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria and eukaryotes, and is being elucidated through modern molecular techniques. The advent of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies has enabled the genes and genomes within these microbial communities to be explored in a rapid and cost-effective manner. The advantages of using NGS to investigate microbiomes surpass the traditional non-molecular methods that are limited in their sensitivity, and conventional molecular approaches that are limited in their scalability. In recent years the number of studies using NGS to investigate the microbial diversity and composition of ticks has expanded. Here, we provide a review of NGS strategies for tick microbiome studies and discuss the recent findings from tick NGS investigations, including the bacterial diversity and composition, influential factors, and implications of the tick microbiome.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: BioMed Central
Copyright: © The Author(s). 2018
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