The Earth Microbiome Project (EMP) is an effort to characterize all microbial life on earth. EMP uses DNA sequencing and mass spectrometry of crowd-sourced samples to look for patterns in microbial ecology across the biomes and habitats.
The EMP was founded in 2010 as a crowd-sourced effort to analyze all microbial communities. EMP's goal is to analyze 200,000 samples using amplicon sequencing, metagenomics, and metabolomics to produce a global Gene Atlas describing protein space, environmental metabolic models for each biome, approximately 500,000 reconstructed microbial genomes, a global metabolic model, and a data-analysis portal for visualization of processed information.
As of December 2018, EMP was not currently accepting new samples for the project. EMP datasets are open to the public for download at qiita.microbio.me/emp or ftp.microbio.me/emp.
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