Freshwater microbial metagenomes sampled across different water body characteristics, space and time in Israel

Ashraf Al-Ashhab, Sophi Marmen, Orna Schweitzer-Natan, Evgeni Bolotin, Hemant Patil, Diti Viner-Mozzini, Dikla Aharonovich, Ruth Hershberg, Dror Minz, Shmuel Carmeli, Eddie Cytryn, Assaf Sukenik, Daniel Sher

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Freshwater bodies are critical components of terrestrial ecosystems. The microbial communities of freshwater ecosystems are intimately linked water quality. These microbes interact with, utilize and recycle inorganic elements and organic matter. Here, we present three metagenomic sequence datasets (total of 182.9 Gbp) from different freshwater environments in Israel. The first dataset is from diverse freshwater bodies intended for different usages – a nature reserve, irrigation and aquaculture facilities, a tertiary wastewater treatment plant and a desert rainfall reservoir. The second represents a two-year time-series, collected during 2013–2014 at roughly monthly intervals, from a water reservoir connected to an aquaculture facility. The third is from several time-points during the winter and spring of 2015 in Lake Kinneret, including a bloom of the cyanobacterium Microcystis sp. These datasets are accompanied by physical, chemical, and biological measurements at each sampling point. We expect that these metagenomes will facilitate a wide range of comparative studies that seek to illuminate new aspects of freshwater microbial ecosystems and inform future water quality management approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number652
Pages (from-to)652
JournalScientific data
Issue number1
StatePublished - 26 Oct 2022

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  • Cyanobacteria
  • Ecosystem
  • Israel
  • Lakes
  • Metagenome


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