EukRef -

EukRef is leading an effort to curate a collection of 18S sequence barcodes that correctly represent algal and protest lineages. These curated datasets will allow for accurate phylogenetic identification of new and classified species. In 2001 the first clone library based eukaryotic environmental surveys were published using the 18S rRNA gene as a barcode. Since then a lot of studies have used this approach to describe protistan communities in a wide range of environments. The emergence of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) techniques has made this approach even easier to apply. Consequently, the amount of data retrieved has dramatically increased and our knowledge of diversity is ever increasing. But there are pitfalls behind the HTS approaches, which require using, and trusting, reference databases to annotate our data. These databases sometimes contain curation errors and other mistakes that potentially alter our overall view of protistan diversity within and across ecosystems.

CoGe -

CoGe is a platform for performing Comparative Genomics research. It provides an open-ended network of interconnected tools to manage, analyze, and visualize next-gen data. Utilize the genomics comparison tools to analyze algal genomes of interest.

Tara Oceans -

Based on a portion of the 35000 samples collected from all the world’s oceans during the 2009-2013 expedition on board the schooner TARA, this data provides the scientific community with unprecedented resources, including a catalogue of several million new genes, that will transform how we study the oceans and assess climate change.


The Marine Microbial Eukaryotic Transcriptome Sequencing Project, or MMETSP, aims to provide a significant foothold for integrating microbial eukaryotes into marine ecology by creating over 650 assembled, functionally annotated, and publicly available transcriptomes. This project aims to significantly enhance the research community's ability to:Explore the physiology of diverse marine microbial eukaryotes; Interpret metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data generated from marine ecosystems; and Illuminate the evolutionary relationships among marine microbial eukaryotic clades and within the overall eukaryotic tree of life.

Edge –

EDGE bioinformatics is intended to help truly democratize the use of Next Generation Sequencing for exploring genomes and metagenomes. Given that bioinformatic analysis is now the rate limiting factor in genomics, we developed EDGE bioinformatics with a user-friendly interface that allows scientists to perform a number of tailored analyses using many cutting-edge tools. This website is available for use with publicly available data, while local stand-alone implementations can accommodate data generated on-site for immediate analysis, eliminating the need to move large datasets.

CpBase –

The Chloroplast Genome Database contains over 400 chloroplast genomes along with a suite of filters and comparison tools

National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (Formerly CCMP) -

A central bioresource center whose core activity is to receive, maintain, and distribute living cultures of marine and freshwater algae, protozoa, bacteria, and viruses; to provide technical expertise and services; and to provide educational resources for culture isolation and curation to scientists, educators, biomedical researchers, and businesses worldwide.