Another genome report from our microBEnet project on generating reference genomes for microbes from the built environment is out: Draft Genome Sequence of Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens Strain UCD-AKU (Phylum Actinobacteria).
From the paper:
Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens strain UCD-AKU was isolated from a residential carpet in Davis, California, as part of a project to produce reference genomes for microorganisms living in the built environment. Carpet fibers were placed in Luria broth (LB), incubated overnight at 37°C, and plated on LB agar ….
And then the genome was sequenced …
We are doing this project for many reasons not just to generate reference genomes for microbes from the built environment. Another reason is to get students interest in microbes from the built environment and what better way than to have them isolate such microbes and work on them. Also – we figured if we are going to write about studies of microbes in the built environment, well, it would be good to do some work on such microbes. And for many other reasons.
Anyway – just a quick post here. Congratulations to UC Davis undergraduate Jennifer Flanagan for this work and to the rest of the team. For more on the project see here.