The DDBJ BioSample started accepting new submissions from February 12. INSDC members have been assigning strain-level taxonomy IDs to microbes whose genomes have been submitted to the INSDC. The INSDC stopped assigning strain-level taxonomy IDs on February 10 and BioSample IDs define microbial genomes instead of strain-level taxonomy IDs.

For details, please refer to the following paper: Toward richer metadata for microbial sequences: replacing strain-level NCBI taxonomy taxids with BioProject, BioSample and Assembly records. Stand. Genomic Sci. 2014 9:3 doi:10.4056/sigs.4851102