Microbiome Vocabulary


About the proper use of “16S”, “microbiome”, and “microbiota”, and why “microflora” is not correct. Note Elies: But “microbiota” is a plant too! Updated July 2016.

Introduction to the Hologenome Special Series – Margaret McFall-Ngai – mBio March/April 2016

The status of the microbial census: an update – Patrick D Schloss – BioRxiv – February 2016

Getting the hologenome concept right: An eco-evolutionary framework for hosts and their microbiomes – Kevin R Theis – BioRxiv – February 2016

The Hologenome Concept: Helpful or Hollow? – Nancy A. Moran, Daniel B. Sloan – PLOS Biology – December 2015

Host Biology in Light of the Microbiome: Ten Principles of Holobionts and Hologenomes – Seth R. Bordenstein , Kevin R. Theis – PLOS Biology – August 2015

The vocabulary of microbiome research: a proposal – Julian R. Marchesi and Jacques Ravel – Microbiome – July 2015

What does the term microbiome mean? And where did it come from? A bit of a surprise .. – Jonathan Eisen – MicroBEnet – April 2015

Vocabulary and jargon in microbial ecology and some background information – Jonathan Eisen – MicroBEnet – June 2014

The vocabulary used to describe microbial communities: microbiome, metagenome, microbiota – Jacques Ravel – All Things Genomics – January 2013

Defining the Human Microbiome – Luke K Ursell, Jessica L Metcalf, Laura Wegener Parfrey, and Rob Knight – Nutrition Reviews – August 2012

The human microbiome – term being used in many ways – but at least it is getting some press – Jonathan Eisen – Phylogenomics – March 2009

‘Ome Sweet ‘Omics– A Genealogical Treasury of Words – Joshua Lederberg – The Scientist – April 2001