UniEuk is a community-based project to achieve a universal taxonomic framework for eukaryotes, focused primarily on protists, integrating information from relevant genetic markers and classical morphology-based data, and validated by a comprehensive network of taxonomy experts. UniEuk will integrate phylogenetically-informed reference databases of genetic markers with reference alignments and trees, based on the standardized curation process of the 18SEukRef initiative. The system’s broad use and long-term preservation will be ensured by a direct implementation into the INSDC genetic data repositories via their EMBL-EBI node.
We are an open and inclusive, community-based, expert-driven initiative. We apply a transparent decision-making process that requires compromise and consensus-building. Our efforts incorporate DNA sequence phylogeny, morphological information (images), and other relevant data to build a robust, yet flexible and integrative working taxonomy of eukaryotes for the benefit of the broader community.