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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2023

The MetaInvert soil invertebrate genome resource provides insights into below-ground biodiversity and evolution

Collins, Gemma; Schneider, Clement; Bostjancic, Ljudevit Luka; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Christian, Axel; Decker, Peter; Ebersberger, Ingo; Hohberg, Karin; Lecompte, Odile; Merges, Dominik; Muelbaier, Hannah; Romahn, Juliane; Roembke, Jorg; Rutz, Christelle; Schmelz, Rudiger; Schmidt, Alexandra; Theissinger, Kathrin; Veres, Robert; Lehmitz, Ricarda; Pfenninger, Markus;
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Abstract

Soil invertebrates are among the least understood metazoans on Earth. Thus far, the lack of taxonomically broad and dense genomic resources has made it hard to thoroughly investigate their evolution and ecology. With MetaInvert we provide draft genome assemblies for 232 soil invertebrate species, representing 14 common groups and 94 families. We show that this data substantially extends the taxonomic scope of DNA- or RNA-based taxonomic identification. Moreover, we confirm that theories of genome evolution cannot be generalised across evolutionarily distinct invertebrate groups. The soil invertebrate genomes presented here will support the management of soil biodiversity through molecular monitoring of community composition and function, and the discovery of evolutionary adaptations to the challenges of soil conditions.The MetaInvert database provides draft genome assemblies for 232 soil invertebrate species, representing 14 common groups and 94 families, that will aid in the discovery and management of soil biodiversity.

Published in

Communications biology
2023, Volume: 6, number: 1, article number: 1241
Publisher: NATURE PORTFOLIO

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Soil Science
    Evolutionary Biology

    Publication identifier

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-023-05621-4

    Permanent link to this page (URI)

    https://res.slu.se/id/publ/127686