This is a large, self-contained bioinformatics environment confected to tackle in particular microbiome studies.
Microbiome studies, do in fact pose special challenges, so the effort to cretae such a bioinformatitcs environment is jsutfied, but it does come at a cost of a certain unwieldiness in the software environment.
How to use
Qiime2 is installed within miniconda3 and this module must be loaded first:
module load miniconda3
After this the conda environment called "qiime2-2017.12" must be activated, this is done via:
source activate qiime2-2017.12
What then happens is that "qiime2-2017.12" then appears in the user's prompt and this verfies that the qimme2 environment has been activated, whether properly or improperly, remains to be seen.