RecruitPlotEasy: An Advanced Read Recruitment Plot Tool for Assessing Metagenomic Population Abundance and Genetic Diversity
Gerhardt K•, Ruiz-Perez CA•, Rodriguez-R LM•, Conrad RE, Konstantinidis KT. • Equal contribution.
Front. Bioinform., 2022.
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Mapping of short metagenomic (or metatranscriptomic) read data to reference isolate or single-cell genomes or metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) to assess microbial population relative abundance and/or structure represents an essential task of many studies across environmental and clinical settings. The filtering for the quality of the read match and assessment of read mapping results are frequently performed without visual aids or with the assistance of visualizations produced through ad-hoc, in-house approaches. Here, we introduce RecruitPlotEasy, a fully automated, user-friendly pipeline for these purposes that integrates statistical approaches to quantify intra-population sequence and gene-content diversity and identify co-occurring relative populations in the sample. Hence, RecruitPlotEasy should also greatly facilitate population genetics studies.
RecruitPlotEasy is implemented in Python and R languages and is freely available open source software under the Artistic License 2.0 from https://github.com/KGerhardt/RecruitPlotEasy.