Creating & Exporting ASV tables


I have a quick question, or more like a confirmation of my analysis. I had previously followed a tutorial on how to create and export an ASV table and I feel like I did it correctly, however, after a request from my PI, she mentioned that what I had provided was not an ASV table. Hence, I would like to know if I in fact did this wrong. If you could please let me know if I followed the correct steps to create an ASV table, I would really appreciate it. I have also provided a few rows and columns from the ASV file I have created for verification (in case this makes it easier to see).

Below is the code I ran to create the ASV table using the dada2 feature table and the taxonomy.qza files.

#Raw Table----------------------------------------------------------------------
mkdir DADA2/Clean/FilteredTable/ExportRaw

qiime tools export --input-path Bacteria-Table-Merged-Filtered-1-4E-MJ-NS.qza --output-path DADA2/Clean/FilteredTable/ExportRaw
cd DADA2/Clean/FilteredTable/ExportRaw
mv feature-table.biom Bacteria-Table-MergedFiltered-Clean-NS.biom
biom convert -i Bacteria-Table-MergedFiltered-Clean-NS.biom -o Bacteria-Table-MergedFiltered-Clean-NS.tsv --to-tsv
biom head -i Bacteria-Table-MergedFiltered-Clean-NS.tsv

#Create a taxonomy biom file----------------------------------------------
qiime tools export --input-path Bacteria-taxonomy-paired-Clean-2020-132.qza --output-path ./
cp taxonomy.tsv biom-taxonomy.tsv

#Add metadata to taxonomy and biom feature table ----------------
mkdir ASVtables

biom add-metadata -i DADA2/Clean/FilteredTable/ExportRaw/Bacteria-Table-MergedFiltered-Clean-NS.biom -o ASVtables/Bacteria-FilteredTable-with-taxonomy.biom --observation-metadata-fp Taxonomy/biom-taxonomy.tsv --sc-separated taxonomy --observation-header OTUID,taxonomy,confidence

biom convert -i ASVtables/Bacteria-FilteredTable-with-taxonomy.biom -o ASVtables/Bacteria-FilteredTable-with-taxonomy.tsv -m Bacteria-Metadata-Lib1-4E-MJ-Clean.tsv --to-tsv --header-key taxonomy

This in turn is the file that I am using as the ASV table and which I was using in R to run statistic analysis.

Fungal-ASV-table.csv (1.5 KB)


Hi @fabipc,

Whether your table is an ASV table or OTU table depends on the upstream processing before the export. What commands did you use to generate file file you exported?


@jwdebelius Thanks for your response.

I see, I just ran DADA2, created the taxonomy file, and then added the taxonomy to the feature table, using the following commands:

1. Ran DADA: used these files to create classifier with the commands below:

#Train Classifier--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
mkdir SILVA_132_QIIME_release/Reference

qiime tools import
–type ‘FeatureData[Sequence]’
–input-path SILVA_132_QIIME_release/rep_set/rep_set_16S_only/99/silva_132_99_16S.fna
–output-path SILVA_132_QIIME_release/rep_set/rep_set_16S_only/99/silva_132_99_16S.qza

qiime tools import
–type ‘FeatureData[Taxonomy]’
–input-format HeaderlessTSVTaxonomyFormat
–input-path SILVA_132_QIIME_release/taxonomy/16S_only/99/majority_taxonomy_7_levels.txt
–output-path SILVA_132_QIIME_release/rep_set/rep_set_16S_only/99/silva-16s-Ref-Taxonomy132.qza

qiime feature-classifier extract-reads
–i-sequences SILVA_132_QIIME_release/rep_set/rep_set_16S_only/99/silva_132_99_16S.qza
–p-min-length 1
–o-reads SILVA_132_QIIME_release/Reference/16s-ref-seqs.qza

#Fit the classifier-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
mkdir SILVA_132_QIIME_release/Classifier
qiime feature-classifier fit-classifier-naive-bayes
–i-reference-reads SILVA_132_QIIME_release/Reference/16s-ref-seqs.qza
–i-reference-taxonomy SILVA_132_QIIME_release/rep_set/rep_set_16S_only/99/silva-16s-Ref-Taxonomy132.qza
–o-classifier SILVA_132_QIIME_release/Classifier/Silva-16s-Classifier132.qza

#Test the Classifier- Create Taxonomy Barplot----------------------------------------------------------------------
mkdir TrialTaxonomy

qiime feature-classifier classify-sklearn
–i-classifier SILVA_132_QIIME_release/Classifier/Silva-16s-Classifier-2020-132.qza
–i-reads DADA2/Clean/Bacteria-RepSeqs-Merged-1-4E-MJ-clean.qza
–o-classification Taxonomy/Bacteria-taxonomy-paired-Clean-2020-132.qza

2. I then filtered out the mitochondria and chloroplast
3. Exported the files out with the code shared on the first post.

Thank you so much for your help, I feel like I did create an ASV table since I did not cluster the data. If you could please let me know if I did this correctly and or not, I would really appreciate it.

Hi @fabipc,

This is exactly what I was wondering about! If you didn’t cluster your data, then you have ASVs. If you clustered, it would be OTUs.

I dont see anything immediately wrong with your code, either


@jwdebelius Okay perfect, so the ASV table attached in the first post, looks correct, right? (The one I attached was for fungi, but I did the same steps as mentioned above, with the exception that I used the UNITE database).

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