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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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Proximity to areas of high productivity as measured by surface chlorophyll concentrations using composite date from the AQUA and MODIS satellites and for the time period of December 1 2007 to January 1 2008. Data can be downloaded from the NASA Earth Observatory (http://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Search.html). Increased yellow intensity indicates increased chlorophyll concentration.
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f6-md-06-00550: Proximity to areas of high productivity as measured by surface chlorophyll concentrations using composite date from the AQUA and MODIS satellites and for the time period of December 1 2007 to January 1 2008. Data can be downloaded from the NASA Earth Observatory (http://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Search.html). Increased yellow intensity indicates increased chlorophyll concentration.

Mentions: Another environmental variable which can fluctuate strongly across the tropics and therefore add a useful dimension to analyses for biodiscovery, is oceanic productivity. Chlorophyll concentrations in surface waters is widely regarded as a good proxy for oceanic productivity [11]. Figure 6 shows chlorophyll concentrations within surface waters during the same one month period as covered for SSTs in Figure 5. The resulting picture shows that during this month, the western coast of South and Central America were areas of high productivity, yet they have been the subject of virtually no reported marine microbial biodiscovery programs.


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)

Proximity to areas of high productivity as measured by surface chlorophyll concentrations using composite date from the AQUA and MODIS satellites and for the time period of December 1 2007 to January 1 2008. Data can be downloaded from the NASA Earth Observatory (http://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Search.html). Increased yellow intensity indicates increased chlorophyll concentration.
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f6-md-06-00550: Proximity to areas of high productivity as measured by surface chlorophyll concentrations using composite date from the AQUA and MODIS satellites and for the time period of December 1 2007 to January 1 2008. Data can be downloaded from the NASA Earth Observatory (http://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Search.html). Increased yellow intensity indicates increased chlorophyll concentration.
Mentions: Another environmental variable which can fluctuate strongly across the tropics and therefore add a useful dimension to analyses for biodiscovery, is oceanic productivity. Chlorophyll concentrations in surface waters is widely regarded as a good proxy for oceanic productivity [11]. Figure 6 shows chlorophyll concentrations within surface waters during the same one month period as covered for SSTs in Figure 5. The resulting picture shows that during this month, the western coast of South and Central America were areas of high productivity, yet they have been the subject of virtually no reported marine microbial biodiscovery programs.

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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