Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 101, Issue 1, pp 21–34

Prokaryotic systematics in the genomics era

  • Xiao-Yang Zhi
  • Wei Zhao
  • Wen-Jun Li
  • Guo-Ping Zhao
Perspective

DOI: 10.1007/s10482-011-9667-x

Cite this article as:
Zhi, XY., Zhao, W., Li, WJ. et al. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (2012) 101: 21. doi:10.1007/s10482-011-9667-x

Abstract

As an essential and basic biological discipline, prokaryotic systematics is entering the era of genomics. This paradigmatic shift is significant not only for understanding molecular phylogeny at the whole genome level but also in revealing the genetic or epigenetic basis that accounts for the phenotypic criteria used to classify and identify species. These developments provide an opportunity and a challenge for systematists to reanalyze the molecular mechanisms underlying the taxonomic characteristics of prokaryotes by drawing the knowledge from studies of genomics and/or functional genomics employing platform technologies and related bioinformatics tools. It is expected that taxonomic books, such as Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology may evolve into a systematics library indexed by phylogenomic information with an comprehensive understanding of prokaryotic speciation and associated increasing knowledge of biological phenomena.

Keywords

Taxonomy Genomics Prokaryotic systematics Molecular phylogeny 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiao-Yang Zhi
    • 1
  • Wei Zhao
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Wen-Jun Li
    • 1
  • Guo-Ping Zhao
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Microbial Diversity in Southwest China, Ministry of Education and the Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Bio-Resources, Yunnan Institute of MicrobiologyYunnan UniversityKunmingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Synthetic Biology, Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological SciencesChinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiChina
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Genetic Engineering, Department of Microbiology, School of Life Sciences and Institute of Biomedical SciencesFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  4. 4.China HYK Gene Technology Company Ltd., ShenzhenGuangdongChina
  5. 5.Shanghai-MOST Key Laboratory of Disease and Health GenomicsChinese National Human Genome Center at ShanghaiShanghaiChina
  6. 6.Department of Microbiology and Li Ka Shing Institute of Health SciencesThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina