GCM Type Strain Sequencing project The World Data Center for Microorganisms 8th Symposium——GCM 2.0 type strain sequencing project workshop

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WDCM-IJSEM Joint ONLINE Workshop: GCM 10K PROKARYOTIC TYPE STRAIN SEQUENCING PROJECT

WDCM-IJSEM Joint ONLINE Workshop: GCM 10K PROKARYOTIC TYPE STRAIN SEQUENCING PROJECT organized by WFCC-MIRCEN World Data Center for Microorganisms(WDCM), Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM) was held on July 23 , 2020.

Over 240 scientists in the fields of taxonomy, identification, preservation, research and bioinformatics of microbial resources from 41 countries around the world registered online to participate in the conference. More than 180 participants were online at the same time during the conference on the 23rd.

The online conference was chaired by Dr. Ipek Kurtboke, President of WFCC and Dr. Juncai Ma, Director of WDCM. Dr. Martha E Trujillo, Editor-in-Chief of IJSEM, gave a lecture about Prokaryotic Taxonomy at crossroads: where do we go from here. Dr. Phil Hugenholtz, ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, gave a lecture named Introduction of GTDB. Dr. Kevin McCluskey, Vice-President of WFCC, gave a lecture about Resequencing multiple isolates of the same species for functional and geographic information. Dr. David R. Arahal from Spanish Type Culture Collection (CECT) gave a lecture about Phylogenomics of Vibrionaceae. Dr. Linhuan Wu from Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences gave a lecture about Closing the genomic gaps for the validly published prokaryotic species: GCM 10K project progress. After the lectures, microbiologists discussed issues like nomenclature of Candidatus taxa and sequencing services provided by WDCM.

WDCM has launched of GCM 10K Prokaryotic Type Strain Sequencing Project for three years, marking the Global Catalogue of Microorganisms project has begun to enter a new stage (GCM 2.0). The project will establish a cooperation network for type strain sequencing and functional mining, and complete genome sequencing of over 10000 species of microbial type strains in five years. There have been over 24 microbial resource conservation institutions from 18 counties joined the project and sharing type strains. Until now, 1549 strains have been sequenced. Since the formal start of WDCM’s cooperation with IJSEM on sequencing of novel species, WDCM has already sequenced 62 strains from candidate novel species submitted by taxonomists from 9 countries.