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Streptomyces deserti sp nov., isolated from hyper-arid Atacama Desert soil

Lookup NU author(s): Rakesh Santhanam, Chinyere Okoro, Dr Ying Huang, Professor Alan Bull, Professor Michael Goodfellow


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The taxonomic position of a Streptomyces strain isolated from a hyper-arid desert soil was established using a polyphasic approach. The organism had chemical and morphological properties typical of the genus Streptomyces and formed a phyletic line at the periphery of the Streptomyces coeruleorubidus subcluster in the 16S rRNA gene tree. DNA:DNA relatedness values between the isolate and its nearest phylogenetic neighbours, Streptomyces lomondensis NRRL 3252(T) and Streptomyces lusitanus NRRL B-12501(T) were 42.5 (+/- 0.48)% and 25.0 (+/- 1.78)%, respectively. The isolate was readily distinguished from these organisms using a combination of morphological and phenotypic properties. On the basis of these results, it is proposed that isolate C63(T) (CGMCC 4.6997(T), = KACC 15425(T)) be classified as the type strain of Streptomyces deserti sp. nov.

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Author(s): Santhanam R, Okoro CK, Rong XY, Huang Y, Bull AT, Andrews BA, Asenjo JA, Weon HY, Goodfellow M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Year: 2012

Volume: 101

Issue: 3

Pages: 575-581

Print publication date: 11/11/2011

ISSN (print): 0003-6072

ISSN (electronic): 1572-9699

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s10482-011-9672-0


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Funder referenceFunder name
Leverhulme Trust
31100003National Science Foundation of China
JP100654Royal Society