On March 5th, 2019, WFCC-MIRCEN World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM) signed a cooperation agreement with the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM) and Bergey's Manual Trust, which runs Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, at Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS), Beijing, China. LIU Shuangjiang, Director-General of the institute, MA Juncai, Director of WDCM, Martha E. Trujillo, chief editor of IJSEM, and Fred A. Rainey, president of BMT, attended the meeting as representatives.
From left to right: Martha E Trujillo, Ma Juncai, Liu Shuangjiang, Fred A. Rainey
IJSEM is a leading international science journal of microbial systematics. According tothe International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria(ICNB), valid publication of new species names for prokaryotes requires its description to be published in the IJSEM, or the name be listed in its validation list, then the naming would be recognized and accepted as legit. Since January 2018, type strains are required by IJSEM for new species publication.
Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology is one of the most valuable and systematic reference books of bacterial species. First published in 1923 as Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, the manual has released 9 editions so far.
Cooperation with these two organizations will facilitate the development of Sequencing Project for Type Strains. Via the platform provided by IJSEM and BMSB, WDCM will be able to work with microbiologists and researchers from all over the world and have in-depth collaboration in sequencing for type strains, data collection and data analysis.
IJSEM released an article about GCM 2.0 project of WDCM at the same day.