MIDAS: the field guide to the microbes of activated sludge



MIDAS is a central resource for information about the microbes in the engineered ecosystem of activated sludge and similar wastewater treatment systems, such as biofilms, granules and membrane-bioreactors. There are over 50 genera of organisms typically abundant (> 0.5%) in the community and a majority of these do not have closely-related cultured relatives.

Nomenclature in the anarchy outside of the mainstream systematic bacteriological naming has led to considerable confusion; here we propose a provisional naming scheme for the genera in community that can be used as a reference point for linking the most updated naming (taxonomy) and sequence data with functional information about the in situ metabolism of microbes in this habitat.
Date made availableJul 2013

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