Phadke S, Salvador AF, Alves JI, Bretschger O, Alves MM, Pereira MA
Harnessing the Power of PCR Molecular Fingerprinting Methods and Next Generation Sequencing for Understanding Structure and Function in Microbial Communities.
Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.). 2017-01-01; 1620.225-248.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is central to methods in molecular ecology. Here, we describe PCR-dependent approaches useful for investigating microbial diversity and its function in various natural, human-associated, and built environment ecosystems. Protocols routinely used for DNA extraction, purification, cloning, and sequencing are included along with various resources for the statistical analysis following gel electrophoresis-based methods (DGGE) and sequencing. We also provide insights into eukaryotic microbiome analysis, sample preservation techniques, PCR troubleshooting, DNA quantification methods, and commonly used ordination techniques.