Out with the old and in with the new: time to rethink twentieth century chemotaxonomic practices in bacterial taxonomy

Peter Vandamme*, Iain Sutcliffe*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Chemotaxonomic methods played an important role in the development of the polyphasic approach to classification of Archaea and Bacteria. However, we here argue that routine application of these methods is unnecessary in an era when genomic data are available and sufficient for species delineation. Thus, authors who choose not to utilize such methods should not be forced to do so during the peer review and editorial handling of manuscripts describing novel species. Instead, we argue that chemotaxonomy will thrive if improved analytical methods are introduced and deployed, primarily by specialist laboratories, in studies at taxonomic levels above the characterisation of novel species.
Original languageEnglish
Article number005127
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Volume71
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2021

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