Australian Microbiome

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The Australian Microbiome Database is a collaborative initiative to create a public resource containing microbial genome and associated site specific metadata information from a range of Australian environments including soils, marine and freshwater.

The database comprises data collected under the Biomes of Australian Soil Environments project (BASE Publication: DOI 10.1186/s13742-016-0126-5) and the Marine Microbes project as well as data from other sources.

The Data

Data comprises two formats: primary sequence data and secondary data in the form of gene abundance tables and sample specific metadata. Primary data may be searched using the search tab on this page, secondary data may be sourced and searched using the Search facility.

All methods are described in detail in the various methods tabs.


A list of publications using data from this the Australian Microbiome Database is here.


The Australian Microbiome Database is a collaborative effort made possible by the entities acknowledged here.


If you are beginning work with or publishing data generated by the Australian Microbiome Database, please feel free to contact original sample submitters in the work or include any members of the Australian Microbiome Database who have made a significant contribution to the work as co-authors, although this is not a requirement. Required attribution is as follows:

  1. Add the following text to the acknowledgements: “We would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Marine Microbes (MM) and Biomes of Australian Soil Environments (BASE) projects, through the Australian Microbiome Initiative in the generation of data used in this publication. The Australian Microbiome Initiative is supported by funding from Bioplatforms Australia through the Australian Government National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)”.

  2. The current official citation for the soil samples in the Database is: Bissett, A., A. Fitzgerald, T. Meintjes, P.M. Mele, F. Reith, P.G. Dennis, M.F. Breed, B. Brown, M.V. Brown, J. Brugger, M. Byrne, S. Caddy-Retalic, B. Carmody, D.J. Coates, C. Correa, B.C. Ferrari, V. Gupta, K. Hamonts, A. Haslem, P. Hugenholtz, M. Karan, J. Koval, A.J. Lowe, S. Macdonald, L. McGrath, D. Martin, M. Morgan, K.I. North, C. Paungfoo-Lonhienne, E. Pendall, L. Phillips, R. Pirzl, J.R. Powell, M.A. Ragan, S. Schmidt, N. Seymour, I. Snape, J.R. Stephen, M. Stevens, M. Tinning, K. Williams, Y.K. Yeoh, C.M. Zammit, and A. Young, Introducing BASE: the Biomes of Australian Soil Environments soil microbial diversity database. Gigascience, 2016. 5.

Open Access

The data is publicly available. For administrative purposes and to enable us to assess the utility of the database, its frequency and type of utilisation, we require registration.