Welcome to the website for the mothur project, initiated by Dr. Patrick Schloss and his software development team in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at The University of Michigan. This project seeks to develop a single piece of open-source, expandable software to fill the bioinformatics needs of the microbial ecology community. We have incorporated the functionality of dotur, sons, treeclimber, s-libshuff, unifrac, and much more. In addition to improving the flexibility of these algorithms, we have added a number of other features including calculators and visualization tools. If you would like to contribute code to the project feel free to download the source code and make your own improvements. Alternatively, if you have an idea or a need, but lack the programming expertise, let us know and we'll add it to the queue of features we would like to add. Our current goal is to release a new iteration of the project monthly.
- Download mothur - If you want a copy of mothur, this is the link for you. But first, you must be a registered wiki user and be logged in so that we can inform you of any important updates.
- Peruse the mothur manual - Feel free to take a look around at what mothur can do for you. Don't worry, it won't tell you to wash behind your ears. Once you've registered, feel free to add or edit content in the manual.
- Check out the poster that we presented at the 2009 ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia, which describes mothur.
- Keep up to date on future workshops - If you supply the facilities, PR, and travel expenses, Dr. Schloss will work with you to plan a workshop at your institution.
- Collaboration - Are you pulling together a grant proposal and don't think you can sell your abilities to do computational microbial ecology? Do you have a chunk of data that you don't know what to do with? We are happy to put together subcontract quotes to meet your needs. Email Pat to get the conversation started.