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Micro-Mar: a database for dynamic representation of marine microbial biodiversity

Ravindra Pushker, Giuseppe D'Auria, Jose Carlos Alba-Casado and Francisco Rodríguez-Valera*

Author Affiliations

Evolutionary Genomics Group, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Apartado 18, 03550 San Juan de Alicante, Alicante, Spain

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BMC Bioinformatics 2005, 6:222  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-6-222

Published: 9 September 2005

Abstract

Background

The cataloging of marine prokaryotic DNA sequences is a fundamental aspect for bioprospecting and also for the development of evolutionary and speciation models. However, large amount of DNA sequences used to quantify prokaryotic biodiversity requires proper tools for storing, managing and analyzing these data for research purposes.

Description

The Micro-Mar database has been created to collect DNA diversity information from marine prokaryotes for biogeographical and ecological analyses. The database currently includes 11874 sequences corresponding to high resolution taxonomic genes (16S rRNA, ITS and 23S rRNA) and many other genes including CDS of marine prokaryotes together with available biogeographical and ecological information.

Conclusion

The database aims to integrate molecular data and taxonomic affiliation with biogeographical and ecological features that will allow to have a dynamic representation of the marine microbial diversity embedded in a user friendly web interface. It is available online at http://egg.umh.es/micromar/ webcite.