Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Introduction to Amplicon and Metagenome Analyses

Date: 26 August 2019 - 27 August 2019
Location: UFZ Leipzig, Germany

Environmental genetics / metagenomics is the study of genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples. There are two main techniques:

  • Amplicon sequencing: specific genes are sequenced (e.g.
  • rRNA gene)
  • Shotgun sequencing: the total metagenomic DNA is sequenced


The general principles and the differences of the two types of analyses will be introduced. The wet lab procedures of both methods will be explained. Analyses of Amplicon and Metagenomic data will be performed on the UFZ Galaxy server.

Didactic Aims

  • Use the UFZ Galaxy server
  • Understand the generation of amplicon/metagenome data
  • Perform basic analyses of environmental samples
  • Choosing the best approach to analyze metagenomics data
  • Select appropriate tools to analyze amplicon data or shotgun data
  • Visualization of a community structure

Didactic Elements

Theoretical input, group exercises

Target Group

  • Doctoral Researchers
  • Postdocs & Senior Scientists
  • Technical Staff

Complementary Courses

  • Introduction to Transcriptomics

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Registration and fee

Participation fees do not apply to cooperation partners, i.e. PhD candidates of SENSE partner WIMEK.
The current conditions of participation and use apply.
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