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Micriobial analysis aims to understand microbes and their functions in their environments. QIIME2 (Quantitative Insights Into Microbial Ecology) is a powerful, extensible, and decentralized microbiome analysis package with a focus on data and analysis transparency. QIIME 2 enables researchers to start an analysis with raw DNA sequence data and finish with publication-quality figures and statistical results.
We outline a pipeline to analyse 16S/18S paired-end sequencing data. Qiime2 can be used to analyse single-end and paired-end data.
Data used and produced by qiime2 are stored as artifacts. Artifacts contain data and metadata and have a
.qza extension. Qiime2 provides methods to view information (data and metadata) stored in artifacts by creating visualizations, that have a
We import raw fastq files into qiime2. Depending on the sequencing platform used to generate the data, you will have data that has been de-multiplexed into sample specif fastq files, or not. The MiSeq platform at BecA-ILRI Hub will de-multiplex the data and we get sample specific fastq files.
Read more about different data types and importing them into qiime2 for anlaysis. We will be importing data described as type Cassava 1.8 paired-end de-multiplexed fastq.
To import fastq files;
#i create a directory to store all my artifact i.e '.qza' and the related visualization i.e '.qzv' files. mkdir /home/mydir/qiime2_data/ #import the fastq files qiime tools import \ --type 'SampleData[PairedEndSequencesWithQuality]' \ --input-path /home/mydir/qiime2_data/ \ --input-format CasavaOneEightSingleLanePerSampleDirFmt \ --output-path /home/mydir/qiime2_data/my_raw_data.qza
We mentioned that qiime2 provides method to summarize and view artifacts by storing them as visualizations, .qzv, files. The
.qzv files can be opened on any browser using qiime viewer. To view the imported data;
qiime demux summarize \ --i-data /home/mydir/qiime2_data/my_raw_data.qza \ --o-visualization /home/mydir/qiime2_data/my_raw_data.qzv