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ARB Course

What is the ARB Course?

ARB (latin: arbor, tree) is a phylogenetic software package that was developed at the Technical University of Munich more than 10 years ago (www.arb-home.de). ARB operates using large cumulative databases which allows the user to explore phylogenetic relationships, it has tools for probe/primer design and evaluation and ARB has incorporated some of the newest and most sophisticated tree-building algorithms for both DNA and protein alignments.

The ARB course at The University of Queensland was developed by Professor Linda Blackall, Dr Greg Crocetti and Dr Sandra Hall. This has been done in collaboration with and funding from the Environmental Biotechnology CRC.

The course developers have collectively had more than 10 years experience with employing the ARB software package to explain the phylogenetic relationships of organisms in complex microbial communities.

What do you get?

Participants learn theoretical knowledge and practical ARB skills with:

  • web-based bioinformatics and multiple sequence alignment
  • tree constructions and phylogenetic analysis
  • probe & primer design & evaluation

Workshop includes:

  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Guided Computer Tutorials
  • Installation advice & sequence data management

How often do they run?

The ARB course is run regularly once per year either in the Summer or Easter University holidays. However, if there is enough interest from participants an extra course can be organised. Best to contact the course coordinators to find out more.

How much will it cost?

The cost of the course varies due to differences in class sizes, but they are run at minimal costs. As a guide it is expected that the course will cost $600 - $800 (Australian dollars) per person.

Do you need more information?

If you would like more information please contact Dr Phil Bond, course coordinator.