Proposed minimal standards for the use of genome data for the taxonomy of prokaryotes

Jongsik Chun, Aharon Oren, Antonio Ventosa, Henrik Christensen, David Ruiz Arahal, Milton S. da Costa, Alejandro P. Rooney, Hana Yi, Xue Wei Xu, Sofie De Meyer, Martha E. Trujillo

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Advancement of DNA sequencing technology allows the routine use of genome sequences in the various fields of microbiology. The information held in genome sequences proved to provide objective and reliable means in the taxonomy of prokaryotes. Here, we describe the minimal standards for the quality of genome sequences and how they can be applied for taxonomic purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number002516
Pages (from-to)461-466
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan

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  • Average nucleotide identity
  • Genome sequence
  • Minimal standards
  • Phylogenomics
  • Prokaryotic taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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