Users of this prototype tool can match DNA sequences against the UNITE Species Hypothesis General FASTA release, a BLAST reference database for DNA barcoding of Fungi.
All matches returned are compared with Operational Taxonomic Units (OTUs) from UNITE that is in the GBIF backbone taxonomy. Users can download the matched results as a csv that includes the OTU identifiers (e.g. SH191277.07FU), which can then be used to publish sequence-based occurrence records to GBIF.
Users may upload files in either CSV or FASTA formats. At present, only ITS sequences are supported. Sequence ID expects CSVs to have a column named ‘sequence’ and an ‘id’ or ‘occurrenceId’ column. Users can also paste FASTA-formatted sequences into a text field.