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PeerJ. 2017 Jul 10;5:e3558. doi: 10.7717/peerj.3558. eCollection 2017.

290 metagenome-assembled genomes from the Mediterranean Sea: a resource for marine microbiology.

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Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, United States of America.


The Tara Oceans Expedition has provided large, publicly-accessible microbial metagenomic datasets from a circumnavigation of the globe. Utilizing several size fractions from the samples originating in the Mediterranean Sea, we have used current assembly and binning techniques to reconstruct 290 putative draft metagenome-assembled bacterial and archaeal genomes, with an estimated completion of ≥50%, and an additional 2,786 bins, with estimated completion of 0-50%. We have submitted our results, including initial taxonomic and phylogenetic assignments, for the putative draft genomes to open-access repositories for the scientific community to use in ongoing research.


Archaea; Bacteria; Mediterranean sea; Metagenome-assembled genomes; Metagenomics; Tara oceans

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