Data from: Tracking earthworm communities from soil DNA

Friederike Bienert, Sébastien De Danieli, Christian Miquel, Eric Coissac, Carole Poillot, Jean-Jacques Brun & Pierre Taberlet
Earthworms are known for their important role within the functioning of an ecosystem, and their diversity can be used as an indicator of ecosystem health. To date, earthworm diversity has been investigated through conventional extraction methods such as handsorting, soil washing or the application of a mustard solution. Such techniques are time-consuming and often difficult to apply. We showed that combining DNA metabarcoding and next generation sequencing facilitates the identification of earthworm species from soil...
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