Task 7 Integrate metabarcoding, environmental and taxonomic data in this study

Background: In MicroPolar the UiO IBV partner are presently analysing the protist metabarcoding data by bioinformatics, as well as the community composition in relation to various environmental factors (inorganic and organic nutrients, carbon chemistry, hydrography etc.) by biostatistics. A large part of the reads cannot, however, be linked to a known and genetically characterised species.

Aim: Improve our knowledge and understanding of the influence of environmental factors and changes in The Arctic Ocean on protist community composition and structure at the species level.

Planned work: By integrating molecular, microscopic and environmental data from MicroPolar and other similar projects in the consortium we will assess under which environmental conditions specific taxa or community compositions occur and how the community composition and structure vary through the season.