The project aims to sequence the genomes of 100 strains of the genus Thioalkalivibrio. Members of this genus have an enormous metabolic and genetic diversity. Isolated from various soda lakes around the world, the strains were selected for their industrial relevance in the sustainable removal of sulfur from waste streams and energy carriers, such as natural gas, biogas and syngas. Sequencing of 100 genomes will reveal the first pan-genome for a chemolithoautotrophic microorganism, which is important for a better understanding of the diversity, evolution, and will give insight into niche differentiation and the species concept of Thioalkalivibrio.
Proposer’s Name: Gerard Muyzer