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A tropical marine microbial natural products geobibliography as an example of desktop exploration of current research using web visualisation tools.

Mukherjee J, Llewellyn LE, Evans-Illidge EA - Mar Drugs (2008)

Bottom Line: Global visualisation of datasets is now becoming available to the world through powerful and readily available software such as Worldwind, ArcGIS Explorer and Google Earth.Here we demonstrate the value of this approach to marine microbial biodiscovery by developing a geobibliography that incorporates citations on tropical and near-tropical marine microbial natural products research with Google Earth and additional ancillary global data sets.The tools and software used are all readily available and the reader is able to use and install the material described in this article.

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Affiliation: School of Environmental Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032, India. joydeep_envstu@school.jdvu.ac.in

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Microbial marine biodiscovery is a recent scientific endeavour developing at a time when information and other technologies are also undergoing great technical strides. Global visualisation of datasets is now becoming available to the world through powerful and readily available software such as Worldwind, ArcGIS Explorer and Google Earth. Overlaying custom information upon these tools is within the hands of every scientist and more and more scientific organisations are making data available that can also be integrated into these global visualisation tools. The integrated global view that these tools enable provides a powerful desktop exploration tool. Here we demonstrate the value of this approach to marine microbial biodiscovery by developing a geobibliography that incorporates citations on tropical and near-tropical marine microbial natural products research with Google Earth and additional ancillary global data sets. The tools and software used are all readily available and the reader is able to use and install the material described in this article.

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Locations of coal reefs within the Caribbean (upper panel) and the central Pacific (lower panel) relative to reported marine microbial natural product discoveries. Note that several of the reef icons possess a red edge which depicts their status as protected as recorded within the Reefbase maintained by the Worldfish Center.
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f10-md-06-00550: Locations of coal reefs within the Caribbean (upper panel) and the central Pacific (lower panel) relative to reported marine microbial natural product discoveries. Note that several of the reef icons possess a red edge which depicts their status as protected as recorded within the Reefbase maintained by the Worldfish Center.

Mentions: Another striking and well celebrated feature of the tropical oceans is the prevalence of shallow water coral reefs. Figure 10 illustrates the geobibliography overlaid with the location of coral reefs recorded by Reefbase, an initiative supported by the United Nations Environment Program – World Conservation Monitoring Center and housed at the Worldfish Center in Penang, Malaysia. Reefs which are protected in some manner are indicated by a red edge to the icon. There are over 10,000 entries in this file, and the subsets shown in Figure 10 show that many of them have not been explored for microbial biodiscovery. These figures also highlight that only a small portion of the world’s reefs are protected, thus future biodiscovery programs on many of these reefs should proceed only with minimal impact collection methods. Microbial biodiscovery is ideal in this regard, as only minimal quantities of material are required to be taken from the field, and recollection is often unnecessary.


A tropical marine microbial natural products geobibliography as an example of desktop exploration of current research using web visualisation tools.

Mukherjee J, Llewellyn LE, Evans-Illidge EA - Mar Drugs (2008)

Locations of coal reefs within the Caribbean (upper panel) and the central Pacific (lower panel) relative to reported marine microbial natural product discoveries. Note that several of the reef icons possess a red edge which depicts their status as protected as recorded within the Reefbase maintained by the Worldfish Center.
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f10-md-06-00550: Locations of coal reefs within the Caribbean (upper panel) and the central Pacific (lower panel) relative to reported marine microbial natural product discoveries. Note that several of the reef icons possess a red edge which depicts their status as protected as recorded within the Reefbase maintained by the Worldfish Center.
Mentions: Another striking and well celebrated feature of the tropical oceans is the prevalence of shallow water coral reefs. Figure 10 illustrates the geobibliography overlaid with the location of coral reefs recorded by Reefbase, an initiative supported by the United Nations Environment Program – World Conservation Monitoring Center and housed at the Worldfish Center in Penang, Malaysia. Reefs which are protected in some manner are indicated by a red edge to the icon. There are over 10,000 entries in this file, and the subsets shown in Figure 10 show that many of them have not been explored for microbial biodiscovery. These figures also highlight that only a small portion of the world’s reefs are protected, thus future biodiscovery programs on many of these reefs should proceed only with minimal impact collection methods. Microbial biodiscovery is ideal in this regard, as only minimal quantities of material are required to be taken from the field, and recollection is often unnecessary.

Bottom Line: Global visualisation of datasets is now becoming available to the world through powerful and readily available software such as Worldwind, ArcGIS Explorer and Google Earth.Here we demonstrate the value of this approach to marine microbial biodiscovery by developing a geobibliography that incorporates citations on tropical and near-tropical marine microbial natural products research with Google Earth and additional ancillary global data sets.The tools and software used are all readily available and the reader is able to use and install the material described in this article.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Environmental Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032, India. joydeep_envstu@school.jdvu.ac.in

ABSTRACT
Microbial marine biodiscovery is a recent scientific endeavour developing at a time when information and other technologies are also undergoing great technical strides. Global visualisation of datasets is now becoming available to the world through powerful and readily available software such as Worldwind, ArcGIS Explorer and Google Earth. Overlaying custom information upon these tools is within the hands of every scientist and more and more scientific organisations are making data available that can also be integrated into these global visualisation tools. The integrated global view that these tools enable provides a powerful desktop exploration tool. Here we demonstrate the value of this approach to marine microbial biodiscovery by developing a geobibliography that incorporates citations on tropical and near-tropical marine microbial natural products research with Google Earth and additional ancillary global data sets. The tools and software used are all readily available and the reader is able to use and install the material described in this article.

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Related in: MedlinePlus