MG-RAST (the Metagenomics RAST; http://metagenomics.anl.gov) server is an automated analysis platform for metagenomes providing quantitative insights into microbial populations based on sequence data. The server primarily provides upload, quality control, automated annotation and analysis for prokaryotic metagenomic shotgun samples.
Metagenomics has quickly become one of the most important discovery tools in microbial ecology. Metagenomics is a powerful tool to study the organisms in microbial communities, that has numerous applications in many areas of biomedical science. By bypassing the need for laboratory culturing, this technology can unlock the massive uncultured microbial diversity, enabling the microbial component of specific environments to be surveyed, discover new organisms, and explore the dynamic ecology of microbial populations under changing conditions.