Roadmap for naming uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria

Murray, Alison E., Freudenstein, John, Gribaldo, Simonetta, Hatzenpichler, Roland, Hugenholtz, Philip, Kämpfer, Peter, Konstantinidis, Konstantinos T., Lane, Christopher E., Papke, R. Thane, Parks, Donovan H., Rossello-Mora, Ramon, Stott, Matthew B., Sutcliffe, Iain C., Thrash, J. Cameron, Venter, Stephanus N., Whitman, William B., Acinas, Silvia G., Amann, Rudolf I., Anantharaman, Karthik, Armengaud, Jean, Baker, Brett J., Barco, Roman A., Bode, Helge B., Boyd, Eric S., Brady, Carrie L., Carini, Paul, Chain, Patrick S. G., Colman, Daniel R., DeAngelis, Kristen M., de los Rios, Maria Asuncion, Estrada-de los Santos, Paulina, Dunlap, Christopher A., Eisen, Jonathan A., Emerson, David, Ettema, Thijs J. G., Eveillard, Damien, Girguis, Peter R., Hentschel, Ute, Hollibaugh, James T., Hug, Laura A., Inskeep, William P., Ivanova, Elena P., Klenk, Hans-Peter, Li, Wen-Jun, Lloyd, Karen G., Löffler, Frank E., Makhalanyane, Thulani P., Moser, Duane P., Nunoura, Takuro, Palmer, Marike, Parro, Victor, Pedrós-Alió, Carlos, Probst, Alexander J., Smits, Theo H. M., Steen, Andrew D., Steenkamp, Emma T., Spang, Anja, Stewart, Frank J., Tiedje, James M., Vandamme, Peter, Wagner, Michael, Wang, Feng-Ping, Hedlund, Brian P. and Reysenbach, Anna-Louise (2020) Roadmap for naming uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria Nature Microbiology . DOI 10.1038/s41564-020-0733-x.

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Abstract

The assembly of single-amplified genomes (SAGs) and metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) has led to a surge in genome-based discoveries of members affiliated with Archaea and Bacteria, bringing with it a need to develop guidelines for nomenclature of uncultivated microorganisms. The International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes (ICNP) only recognizes cultures as ‘type material’, thereby preventing the naming of uncultivated organisms. In this Consensus Statement, we propose two potential paths to solve this nomenclatural conundrum. One option is the adoption of previously proposed modifications to the ICNP to recognize DNA sequences as acceptable type material; the other option creates a nomenclatural code for uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria that could eventually be merged with the ICNP in the future. Regardless of the path taken, we believe that action is needed now within the scientific community to develop consistent rules for nomenclature of uncultivated taxa in order to provide clarity and stability, and to effectively communicate microbial diversity.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-MS Marine Symbioses
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1038/s41564-020-0733-x
ISSN: 2058-5276
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2020 08:58
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 09:30
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/49843

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