AFS: identification and quantification of species composition by metagenomic sequencing

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DNA-based methods to detect and quantify taxon composition in biological materials are often based on species-specific polymerase chain reaction, limited to detecting species targeted by the assay. Next-generation sequencing overcomes this drawback by untargeted shotgun sequencing of whole metagenomes at affordable cost. Here we present AFS, a software pipeline for quantification of species composition in food. AFS uses metagenomic shotgun sequencing and sequence read counting to infer species proportions. Using Illumina data from a reference sausage comprising four species, we reveal that AFS is independent of the sequencing assay and library preparation protocol. Cost-saving short (50-bp) single-end reads and Nextera® library preparation yield reliable results.

Availability and Implementation:

Datasets, binaries and usage instructions are available under Raw data is available at NCBI's SRA with accession number PRJNA271645.


Supplementary information:

Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

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