"GEBA" (Genomic Encyclopedia or Bacteria and Archaea) is an MGP initiative that aspires to sequence thousands of bacterial and archaeal genomes from diverse branches of the Tree of Life.
The overall aim of this initiative is to create phylogenetic anchors for metagenomic datasets, improve annotation, discover novel genes, protein families and pathways, improve our understanding on evolutionary diversification and to drive the development of novel analysis tools at the DOE JGI. In a pilot GEBA study, the DOE JGI sequenced 53 bacterial and 3 archaeal novel and highly diverse genomes, representing a first step towards a phylogenetically balanced sequence space in the microbial tree of life. Community involvement to aid expanding the phylogenetic Tree of Life is our goal and we thus request that the research communities submit CSP proposals for the sequencing of highly DOE relevant microbes that also fit into the GEBA mission.
This project represents the first systematic attempt to use the tree of life itself as a guide to sequencing target selection. JGI is beginning by collaborating on a pilot project with DSMZ.