Encyclopedia of Metagenomics

Living Edition
| Editors: Karen E. Nelson

SILVA Databases

  • Christian Quast
  • Elmar Pruesse
  • Jan Gerken
  • Timmy Schweer
  • Pelin Yilmaz
  • Jörg Peplies
  • Frank Oliver Glockner
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6418-1_250-6

Synonyms

Definition

SILVA (from Latin silva, forest) is a comprehensive web resource (http://www.arb-silva.de) for up-to-date, quality-controlled databases of aligned ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA) sequences from the Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya domains.

Introduction

Sequencing the ribosomal RNA gene (rDNA) is the method of choice for nucleic acid-based detection and identification of microbes, their taxonomic assignment, phylogenetic analysis, and investigation of microbial diversity. Today (July 2012), more than 3.5 million small and large subunit (SSU and LSU) rDNA sequences are publicly available and their analysis demands for appropriate software tools and specialized, quality-controlled databases. The SILVA datasets, established in 2007, provide high-quality, comprehensive rDNA datasets comprising sequences from the Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya domains.cxAll...

Keywords

Manifold Assure Microbe Archaea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Quast
    • 1
  • Elmar Pruesse
    • 1
  • Jan Gerken
    • 1
  • Timmy Schweer
    • 1
  • Pelin Yilmaz
    • 1
  • Jörg Peplies
    • 2
  • Frank Oliver Glockner
    • 3
  1. 1.Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics Research GroupMax Planck Institute for Marine MicrobiologyBremenGermany
  2. 2.Ribocon GmbHBremenGermany
  3. 3.Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics GroupMax Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Jacobs UniversityBremenGermany