NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Joint Genome Institute has expanded its microbial and metagenomics research services and tools by enhancing its data management system, including updating its metagenomic data system — and it has launched an educational website to serve as a companion to the services.
The Integrated Microbial Genomes Version 2.6 includes new microbial genomes from the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s Reference Sequence collection, the US Department of Energy–funded JGI said today.
The IMG 2.6 includes a total of 4,207 genomes consisting of 1,078 bacterial, 56 archael, 40 eukaryotic genomes, 2,230 bacterial phages, and 803 plasmids that did not come from one specific microbial genome sequencing project. DOE JGI said that 3,737 of these genomes are completed and 470 are draft genomes. IMG 2.6 also contains 308 microbial genomes that have been sequenced at DOE JGI, of which 237 are finished and 71 are draft genomes.
The IMG metagenome data management and analysis system has been updated to include new metagenome datasets from microbial community samples that were recently published. Among those sets are metagenomic and functional analysis of a microbial community from Lake Washington in Seattle, a hypersaline microbial mat, and the airborne metagenome in an indoor urban environment.
The IMG/M system is an evolving resource for analyzing metagenomic data, and it offers tools that can work in conjunction with links to major public databases. The IMG/EDU program is the core of a web-based portal that is aimed at enabling undergraduates to participate in annotating microbial genomes.
There are currently students at twelve schools nationally using the portal in their molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry courses, in which they examine and annotate genes and biochemical pathways.