The next million names for Archaea and Bacteria

Pallen, Mark J. ORCID:, Telatin, Andrea and Oren, Aharon (2021) The next million names for Archaea and Bacteria. Trends in Microbiology, 29 (4). pp. 289-298. ISSN 0966-842X

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Latin binomials, popularised in the 18th century by the Swedish naturalist Linnaeus, have stood the test of time in providing a stable, clear, and memorable system of nomenclature across biology. However, relentless and ever-deeper exploration and analysis of the microbial world has created an urgent need for huge numbers of new names for Archaea and Bacteria. Manual creation of such names remains difficult and slow and typically relies on expert-driven nomenclatural quality control. Keen to ensure that the legacy of Linnaeus lives on in the age of microbial genomics and metagenomics, we propose an automated approach, employing combinatorial concatenation of roots from Latin and Greek to create linguistically correct names for genera and species that can be used off the shelf as needed. As proof of principle, we document over a million new names for Bacteria and Archaea. We are confident that our approach provides a road map for how to create new names for decades to come.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: candidatus,genome-based taxonomy,metagenome-assembled genomes,nomenclature,microbiology,microbiology (medical),infectious diseases,virology,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2400/2404
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2021 00:55
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 07:38
DOI: 10.1016/j.tim.2020.10.009


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