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Streptomyces atacamensis sp nov., isolated from an extreme hyper-arid soil of the Atacama Desert, Chile

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


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The taxonomic position of a Streptomyces strain isolated from an extreme hyper-arid soil sample collected from the Atacama Desert was determined using a polyphasic approach. The strain, isolate C60(T), had chemical and morphological features typical of members of the genus Streptomyces and formed a distinct phyletic line in the Streptomyces 16S rRNA gene tree, together with the type strain of Streptomyces radiopugnans. The two strains were distinguished readily using a combination of phenotypic properties and by a DNA-DNA relatedness value of 23.17 (+/- 0.95)%. On the basis of these genotypic and phenotypic data, it is proposed that isolate C60(T) (=CGMCC 4.7018(T)=KACC 15492(T)) be classified in the genus Streptomyces as Streptomyces atacamensis sp. nov.

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

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

Year: 2012

Volume: 62

Issue: 11

Pages: 2680-2684

Print publication date: 23/12/2012

ISSN (print): 1466-5026

ISSN (electronic): 1466-5034

Publisher: Society for General Microbiology


DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.038463-0


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