Organization of novel S. meliloti 1021 chromosomal loci encoding putative sRNAs with detected counterparts in S. meliloti strain 2011. The IgRs encompassing novel putative sRNAs from our first compilation (Table 1) are drawn to scale in the portion between breaks. The chromosomal coordinates of predicted promoters and Rho-independent terminators are indicated next to the corresponding symbols. ORFs flanking each IgR are designated with their annotated codes or gene names. sRNAs are designated according to their position in the output of global scoring for the corresponding IgR (Additional file 17) or to the corresponding IgR from Table 1. Small empty arrowheads indicate the approximate position of the chromosomal target sequences for oligonucleotides used to generate probes for Northern blot. Wavy arrowheads denote the location and orientation of oligonucleotides present in Sm14kOLI microarray that detected the putative sRNA transcripts (Table 1).