Viral to metazoan marine plankton nucleotide sequences from the Tara Oceans expedition

© Tristan Biard, Station biologique de Roscoff (CNRS/UPMC)

Tara Oceans

Adriana Alberti, Julie Poulain, Stefan Engelen, Karine Labadie, Sarah Romac, Isabel Ferrera, Guillaume Albini, Jean-Marc Aury, Caroline Belser, Alexis Bertrand, Corinne Cruaud, Corinne Da Silva, Carole Dossat, Frédérick Gavory, Shahinaz Gas, Julie Guy, Maud Haquelle, E’krame Jacoby, Olivier Jaillon, Arnaud Lemainque, Eric Pelletier, Gaëlle Samson, Mark Wessner, Genoscope Technical Team, Silvia G. Acinas, Marta Royo-Llonch, Francisco M. Cornejo-Castillo, Ramiro Logares, Beatriz Fernández-Gómez, Chris Bowler, Guy Cochrane, Clara Amid, Petra Ten Hoopen, Colomban De Vargas, Nigel Grimsley, Elodie Desgranges, Stefanie Kandels-Lewis, Hiroyuki Ogata, Nicole Poulton, Michael E. Sieracki, Ramunas Stepanauskas, Matthew B. Sullivan, Jennifer R. Brum, Melissa B. Duhaime, Bonnie T. Poulos, Bonnie L. Hurwitz, Tara Oceans Consortium Coordinators, Stéphane Pesant, Eric Karsenti & Patrick Wincker.

Published online: 1 August 2017Download in PDF

Nature, Scientific Data 4, Article number: 170093 (2017)


A unique collection of oceanic samples was gathered by the Tara Oceans expeditions (2009–2013), targeting plankton organisms ranging from viruses to metazoans, and providing rich environmental context measurements. Thanks to recent advances in the field of genomics, extensive sequencing has been performed for a deep genomic analysis of this huge collection of samples. A strategy based on different approaches, such as metabarcoding, metagenomics, single-cell genomics and metatranscriptomics, has been chosen for analysis of size-fractionated plankton communities. Here, we provide detailed procedures applied for genomic data generation, from nucleic acids extraction to sequence production, and we describe registries of genomics datasets available at the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA, The association of these metadata to the experimental procedures applied for their generation will help the scientific community to access these data and facilitate their analysis. This paper complements other efforts to provide a full description of experiments and open science resources generated from the Tara Oceans project, further extending their value for the study of the world’s planktonic ecosystems.

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