The trouble is that many of the organism identifications of GenBank sequences are dubious, outdated, or just plain wrong. Identifying a sequence as the wrong species is just bad science no matter what your reason, but is especially important for regulatory agencies. The problem of incorrect identifications is a self-compounding problem as these incorrect identifications are used by other sequence submitters to name their sequences.
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Agrobacterium is a well-known genus in bacteriology and molecular biology, but research has shown that it cannot easily be separated from the Rhizobium genus, thus all Agrobacterium species should be renamed as Rhizobium species (the earlier name). However there has been some opposition to renaming Agrobacterium, in this article I explain the research and taxonomy, and suggest a solution.
From July this year I am now the curator of the International Collection of Microorganisms from Plants (ICMP) held by Landcare Research in Auckland, New Zealand. This is recognised as a “nationally significant collection” by the NZ government, and is registered as WDCM 589.
The ICMP has a large collection of Bacteria and Fungi isolated from plants and the natural environment. Many of these are important plant pathogens.