Data from: DNA from soil mirrors plant taxonomic and growth form diversity

Nigel G. Yoccoz, Kari-Anne Brathen, Ludovic Gielly, James Haile, Mary E. Edwards, Tomasz Goslar, H. Von Stedingk, Anne K. Brysting, Eric Coissac, Francois Pompanon, J. H. Sønstebø, Christian Miquel, Alice Valentini, Francesco De Bello, Jérôme Chave, Wilfried Thuiller, Patrick Wincker, Corinne Cruaud, Frederick Gavory, Morten Rasmussen, M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Ludovic Orlando, Christian Brochmann, Eske Willerslev & Pierre Taberlet
Ecosystems across the globe are threatened by climate change and human activities. New rapid survey approaches for monitoring biodiversity would greatly advance assessment and understanding of these threats. Taking advantage of next-generation DNA sequencing, we tested an approach we call metabarcoding: high-throughput and simultaneous taxa identification based on a very short (usually less than 100 base pairs) but informative DNA fragment. Short DNA fragments allow the use of degraded DNA from environmental samples. All analyses...
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