Biome of Australian Soil Environments

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The Biome of Australian Soil Environments (BASE) is a collaborative project to create a public resource containing microbial genome information from a range of Australian soil environments.

Soil along with historical, physical and chemical contextual information (including photos) has been collected from 1000+ diverse sites around Australia including Christmas Island and the Australian Antarctic Territory.

DNA is extracted from all samples using a standardised protocol (PowerSoil, MO BIO) and amplicon analysis undertaken using the Illumina MiSeq platform for bacterial 16S, fungal ITS and eukaryotic 18S targets.

OTU data has been generated through standardised pipelines for each target and is available through this repository.

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Acknowledging the consortium

Please ensure that you cite the original BASE publication and acknowledge the BASE Consortium whenever you write a paper, thesis or report based on the data made available from the BPA data portal. You can use the following words in your document to make this acknowledgement:

BASE Publication: DOI 10.1186/s13742-016-0126-5

"We would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Biomes of Australian Soil Environments (BASE) consortium ( in the generation of data used in this publication. The BASE project is supported by funding from Bioplatforms Australia through the Australian Government National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)".

Open Access

BASE data is publicly available. For administrative purposes and to enable us to assess the utility of the database, its frequency of utilisation and the type of use the data is being put to, we require a "request for access" to be processed. Please follow the "request for access" and submit the form for download access (