Proposed minimal standards for the use of genome data for the taxonomy of prokaryotes

Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2018 Jan;68(1):461-466. doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.002516.


Advancement of DNA sequencing technology allows the routine use of genome sequences in the various fields of microbiology. The information held in genome sequences proved to provide objective and reliable means in the taxonomy of prokaryotes. Here, we describe the minimal standards for the quality of genome sequences and how they can be applied for taxonomic purposes.

Keywords: average nucleotide identity; genome sequence; minimal standards; phylogenomics; prokaryotic taxonomy.

MeSH terms

  • Genomics / standards*
  • Phylogeny*
  • Prokaryotic Cells / classification*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA / standards*
  • Terminology as Topic