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dc.contributor.authorMousaviderazmahalleh, Mahsa Mousavi
dc.contributor.authorStott, Audrey
dc.contributor.authorLines, Rose
dc.contributor.authorPeverley, Georgia
dc.contributor.authorNester, Georgia
dc.contributor.authorSimpson, Tiffany
dc.contributor.authorZawierta, Michal
dc.contributor.authorDe La Pierre, Marco
dc.contributor.authorBunce, Michael
dc.contributor.authorChristophersen, Claus
dc.identifier.citationMousavi-Derazmahalleh, M. and Stott, A. and Lines, R. and Peverley, G. and Nester, G. and Simpson, T. and Zawierta, M. et al. 2021. eDNAFlow, an automated, reproducible and scalable workflow for analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA) sequences exploiting Nextflow and Singularity. Molecular Ecology Resources. 21 (5): pp. 1697-1704.

Metabarcoding of environmental DNA (eDNA) when coupled with high throughput sequencing is revolutionising the way biodiversity can be monitored across a wide range of applications. However, the large number of tools deployed in downstream bioinformatic analyses often places a challenge in configuration and maintenance of a workflow, and consequently limits the research reproducibility. Furthermore, scalability needs to be considered to handle the growing amount of data due to increase in sequence output and the scale of project. Here, we describe eDNAFlow, a fully automated workflow that employs a number of state-of-the-art applications to process eDNA data from raw sequences (single-end or paired-end) to generation of curated and noncurated zero-radius operational taxonomic units (ZOTUs) and their abundance tables. This pipeline is based on Nextflow and Singularity which enable a scalable, portable and reproducible workflow using software containers on a local computer, clouds and high-performance computing (HPC) clusters. Finally, we present an in-house Python script to assign taxonomy to ZOTUs based on user specified thresholds for assigning lowest common ancestor (LCA). We demonstrate the utility and efficiency of the pipeline using an example of a published coral diversity biomonitoring study. Our results were congruent with the aforementioned study. The scalability of the pipeline is also demonstrated through analysis of a large data set containing 154 samples. To our knowledge, this is the first automated bioinformatic pipeline for eDNA analysis using two powerful tools: Nextflow and Singularity. This pipeline addresses two major challenges in the analysis of eDNA data; scalability and reproducibility.

dc.subjectScience & Technology
dc.subjectLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subjectBiochemistry & Molecular Biology
dc.subjectEvolutionary Biology
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subjectenvironmental DNA
dc.titleeDNAFlow, an automated, reproducible and scalable workflow for analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA) sequences exploiting Nextflow and Singularity
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleMolecular Ecology Resources
curtin.departmentSchool of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS)
curtin.departmentSchool of Elec Eng, Comp and Math Sci (EECMS)
curtin.accessStatusFulltext not available
curtin.facultyFaculty of Science and Engineering
curtin.contributor.orcidMousaviderazmahalleh, Mahsa Mousavi [0000-0002-2299-2050]
curtin.contributor.orcidNester, Georgia [0000-0001-9721-4512]
curtin.contributor.orcidChristophersen, Claus [0000-0003-1591-5871]
curtin.contributor.orcidBunce, Michael [0000-0002-0302-4206]
curtin.contributor.orcidSimpson, Tiffany [0000-0002-0071-464X]
curtin.contributor.orcidLines, Rose [0000-0003-1027-2889]
curtin.contributor.researcheridSimpson, Tiffany [F-2454-2013]
curtin.contributor.researcheridDe La Pierre, Marco [A-6047-2013]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridChristophersen, Claus [7006206487]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridBunce, Michael [55160482300]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridSimpson, Tiffany [57190870814]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridLines, Rose [10239922800]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridDe La Pierre, Marco [35725057300]

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