Tuesday, 16 April 2013

BIOS: bacteria database

A good source of information about the latest bacterial species, or even to check the spelling of a species name, is the BIOS database. BIOS is an acronym for ‘Bacterial Insight Orienting System’.

BIOS contains data on 8,242 validly published species and subspecies and 2,000 higher taxa of the world’s Bacteria, Archaea and Cyanobacteria.

Besides taxonomic and strain data, BIOS contains links to further information in the NamesforLife prototype. The BIOS system was developed by a team based at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (Japan) and is part of a collaborative effort that includes contributions by J Euzéby and B Tindall.

The taxonomy is based on Release 7.4 of the nomenclatural taxonomy of GM Garrity, TG Lilburn and JR Cole.

To visit the site, go to BIOS

Posted by Tim Sandle