Digging deeper

DNA was extracted from the soil samples collected and sent for next generation sequencing to identify the bacteria present in the soil samples.

Results for the top five phyla (big groups) of bacteria present and total number of unique species identified in each sample are available on the interactive map site using Epicollect5.

The percentages of the top five phyla of bacteria in the soil samples (Proteobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria, Acidobacteria and Verrucomicrobia) are given and also displayed as pie-charts. The total percentages of other bacteria (including the percentage of Firmicutes) are recorded. Information is presented in table and map format.

Visit the interactive map on the Epicollect website here.

For those wishing to explore our findings in more detail, the raw DNA sequence files and next generation sequencing results from the pilot study are Open Access. They are available for download as a .zip file as the “Microbiome of Scotland” Public Engagement Activity (dataset). Instructions on how to view the sequencing results are included in the download.

Download the pilot study dataset from the University of St Andrews here.