Standardised counts of bacteria, fungi and micro eukaryotes abundances across geo linked sampling locations on grassland, UK (2016)

The data consist of standardised counts of taxon abundances (bacteria, fungi and micro eukaryotes) from soil samples collected from paired intensive and extensive grassland systems, including low and high pH parent soils, from 32 sites across the United Kingdom. The samples were collected during winter and spring 2015-2016 from sites across the UK. DNA were extracted and taxonomic marker genes assessed using High-throughput DNA sequencing techniques to yield information about the genetic diversity and abundance of the microorganisms therein.
The data were collected to help understand soil functional change in a variety of management and climatic scenarios as part of NERC U-GRASS (Understanding and enhancing soil ecosystem services and resilience in UK grass and croplands) award (NERC Reference NE/M017125/1) part of the NERC Soil Security Programme.

Publication date: 2019-09-11

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This dataset will be available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

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Study area
Temporal extent
2015-06-15    to    2018-10-30

Provenance & quality

Soil samples were collected from 32 grassland sites across the United Kingdom. Total soil DNA was extracted from field moist soil. Extracted DNA was subject to taxonomic amplicon sequencing and bioinformatics processing at the facilities of the Molecular Ecology Group, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford. The compiled data set was exported as a comma separated value file for deposition into the EIDC.

Correspondence/contact details

Goodall, T.I.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Road
LL57 2UW
United Kingdom


Griffiths, R.I.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Puissant, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Goodall, T.I.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
16S,  18S,  abundance,  diversity,  internal transcribed spacer,  ITS,  Land-use,  microbial,  molecular,  paired,  ribosomal,  Soil
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/M017125/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
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