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Targeted search for actinomycetes from nearshore and deep-sea marine sediments

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alan Bull, Dr James StachORCiD


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Sediment samples collected off the coast of San Diego were analyzed for actinomycete diversity using culture-independent techniques. Eight new operational taxonomic units (OTUs) in the Streptomycetaceae were identified as well as new diversity within previously cultured marine OTUs. Sequences belonging to the marine actinomycete genus Salinispora were also detected, despite the fact that this genus has only been reported from more tropical environments. Independent analyses of marine sediments from the Canary Basin (3814m) and the South Pacific Gyre (5126 and 5699m) also revealed Salinispora sequences providing further support for the occurrence of this genus in deep-sea sediments. Efforts to culture Salinispora spp. from these samples have yet to be successful. This is the first report of Salinispora spp. from marine sediments >1100m and suggests that the distribution of this genus is broader than previously believed.

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Author(s): Prieto-Davo A, Villarreal-Gomez LJ, Forschner-Dancause S, Bull AT, Stach JEM, Smith DC, Rowley DC, Jensen PR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Year: 2013

Volume: 84

Issue: 3

Pages: 510-518

Print publication date: 01/06/2013

Online publication date: 11/03/2013

Acceptance date: 21/01/2013

ISSN (print): 0168-6496

ISSN (electronic): 1574-6941

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1111/1574-6941.12082


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Funder referenceFunder name
0752336National Science Foundation
157730Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACyT)
1R15AI093158-01National Institutes of Health
NER/T/S/2000/00616UK Natural Environmental Research Council
R/NMP-100California Sea Grant College Program through NOAA'S National Sea Grant College Program, USA Dept. of Commerce
NA100AOAR4170060California Sea Grant College Program through NOAA'S National Sea Grant College Program, USA Dept. of Commerce
NER/T/S/2000/00614UK Natural Environmental Research Council