The GEBA project and its follow-up projects aim at systematically filling in the gaps in sequencing along the bacterial and archaeal branches of the tree of life. The DSMZ conducts these projects in close cooperation with the JGI (Joint Genome Institute). While the GEBA pilot phase included 250 type strains, the KMG (1000 Microbial Genomes) phase I was completed in 2014 whereas KMG-II, which also comprised 1000 type-strain genomes, was basically finished in 2018. ACTINO-1000 comprises up to 1000 actinobacterial strains and is ongoing as of 2019, much like KMG-IV, which comprises 1000 type-strain genomes. The latest project, KMG-VI, has been established in 2019. Several culture collections are involved in KMG-VI, which addresses a total of 10,000 genomes.
The DFG-funded Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 51 (TRR 51) “Ecology, Physiology and Molecular Biology of the Roseobacter clade: Towards a Systems Biology Understanding of a Globally Important Clade of Marine Bacteria” has been established in January 2010 and is currently in its third funding period. The DSMZ is involved with three projects. In project A6 comparative phylogenomic and functional phenotyping studies are conducted to create a congruent model for the overall evolution of Roseobacter, including the adaptation of its various genera and species to their distinct habitats.