Advancements in prokaryotic systematics and the role of Bergey's International Society for Microbial Systematics (BISMiS) in addressing challenges in the meta-data era

Jian- Yu jiao, Rashidin Abdugheni, Dao-Feng Zhang, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mukhtiar Ali, Maria Chuvochina, Svetlana N Dedysh, Xiuzhu Dong, Markus Göker, Brian P. Hedlund, Philip Hugenholtz, Kamlesh Jangid, Shuang-Jiang Liu, Edward R. B. Moore, Manik Prabhu Narsing Rao, Aharon Oren, Ramon Rossello-Mora, Bhagwan Narayan Rekadwad, Nimaichand Salam, Wensheng ShuIain C Sutcliffe, Wee Fei Aaron Teo, Martha E. Trujillo, Stephanus N. Venter, William B. Whitman, Guoping Zhao, Wen-Jun Li*

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Prokaryotes are ubiquitous in the biosphere, important for human health and drive diverse biological and environmental processes. Systematics of prokaryotes, whose origins can be traced to the discovery of microorganisms in the 17th century, has transitioned from a phenotype-based classification to a more comprehensive polyphasic taxonomy and eventually to the current genome-based taxonomic approach. This transition aligns with a foundational shift from studies focused on phenotypic traits that have limited comparative value to those using genome sequences. In this context, Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria (BMSAB) and Bergey's International Society for Microbial Systematics (BISMiS) play a pivotal role in guiding prokaryotic systematics. This review focuses on the historical development of prokaryotic systematics with a focus on the roles of BMSAB and BISMiS. We also explore significant contributions and achievements by microbiologists, highlight the latest progress in the field, and anticipate challenges and opportunities within prokaryotic systematics. Additionally, we outline five focal points of BISMiS that are aimed at addressing these challenges. In conclusion, our collaborative effort seeks to enhance ongoing advancements in prokaryotic systematics, ensuring its continued relevance and innovative characters in the contemporary landscape of genomics and bioinformatics.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbernwae168
JournalNational Science Review
Early online date13 May 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 May 2024

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