More than 50% of the microbial phyla in genome taxonomy databases lack a cultured representative. Although these genome sequences unambiguously delineate microbial taxa, they cannot be formally named under the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes due to the requirement for a pure-culture type strain. We are working towards developing a solution for naming these uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria: “SeqCode”
Two important developments:
1) a draft of the code is in the making and will be available for comment in 2021.
2) we held two community-wide workshops to bring together the international community of microbial scientists to create awareness of progress being made towards developing a solution for naming uncultivated Archaea and Bacteria.