A synthesis of bacterial and archaeal phenotypic trait data

Joshua S. Madin*, Daniel A. Nielsen, Maria Brbic, Ross Corkrey, David Danko, Kyle Edwards, Martin K. M. Engqvist, Noah Fierer, Jemma L. Geoghegan, Michael Gillings, Nikos C. Kyrpides, Elena Litchman, Christopher E. Mason, Lisa Moore, Søren L. Nielsen, Ian T. Paulsen, Nathan D. Price, T. B. K. Reddy, Matthew A. Richards, Eduardo P. C. RochaThomas M. Schmidt, Heba Shaaban, Maulik Shukla, Fran Supek, Sasha G. Tetu, Sara Vieira-Silva, Alice R. Wattam, David A. Westfall, Mark Westoby

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A synthesis of phenotypic and quantitative genomic traits is provided for bacteria and archaea, in the form of a scripted, reproducible workflow that standardizes and merges 26 sources. The resulting unified dataset covers 14 phenotypic traits, 5 quantitative genomic traits, and 4 environmental characteristics for approximately 170,000 strain-level and 15,000 species-aggregated records. It spans all habitats including soils, marine and fresh waters and sediments, host-associated and thermal. Trait data can find use in clarifying major dimensions of ecological strategy variation across species. They can also be used in conjunction with species and abundance sampling to characterize trait mixtures in communities and responses of traits along environmental gradients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number170
Pages (from-to)170
Number of pages8
JournalScientific Data
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2020

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