The Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea (GEBA) project was launched by the JGI in 2007 with a pilot project to sequence about 170 bacterial and archaeal genomes. It was extended in 2011 to 250 genomes and in 2012 to 1,250 genomes. In this project, researchers plan to extend this approach to type strains of prokaryotes associated with soil or plants and their close relatives as well as type strains from newly described species. Understanding the microbiology of soil and plants is critical to many DOE mission areas, such as biofuel production from biomass, biogeochemistry, carbon cycling, and carbon sequestration.
Proposer’s Name: William Whitman