dartR Version 2 release

March 31st, 2022

A bird called a darter sitting on a wooden post surrounded by water.Genomes and DNA are rich sources of information about species and environments. The challenge is how to access that information and make sense of it!

The R software package “dartR” designed by University of Canberra, CSIRO, and Arthur Rylah Institute researchers makes it easier to analyse large genomic datasets. It allows scientists to check the quality of their data, explore patterns in it, and to ask questions such as: How far do animals move? Should this species be managed as a single population or many? Is there enough genetic diversity for the long-term survival of this population? Plus, many more important questions relevant to environmental management and agriculture.

The package has struck a chord with the science community and has been cited over 250 times and downloaded over 100,000 times!

After a lengthy period of improvement, development and consultation with the user community, the team are pleased to announce the release of dartR version 2.

You can read more about the changes implemented in version two, such as an increased number of functions from 45 to 144 on Arthur Georges’ newsblog.

Version 2 is on CRAN and can be accessed using the instructions on the dartR web page. An updated series of tutorials is also available.