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Belliella kenyensis sp. nov., isolated from the alkaline lake

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A red-pigmented, Gram-reaction-negative, aerobic bacterial strain, designated No.164T, was isolated from sediment sample from the alkaline Lake Elmenteita located in the Kenyan Rift Valley. Results of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis indicated that the isolate belonged to the genus Belliella, with the highest sequence similarity (97%) to Belliella pelovolcani DSM 46698T. Optimal growth temperature was 30-35°C, at pH 7.0-12.0 in the presence of 0-4% (w/v) NaCl. Flexirubins were absent. The respiratory menaquinone (MK-7), predominant cellular fatty acids (iso-C15:0, anteiso-C15:0 and a mixture of C16:1ω7c and/or iso-C15:0 2-OH) and DNA G + C content (38.1 mol%) of strain No.164T were consistent with those of other members of the genus Belliella. The polar lipids consisted of phosphatidylethanolamine, eight unspecified lipids and one unspecified phospholipid. Several phenotypic characteristics can be used to differentiate this isolate from those of other Belliella species. The polyphasic data presented in this study indicated that this isolate should be classified to represent a novel species in the genus Belliella. The name Belliella kenyensis sp. nov. is therefore proposed; the type strain is strain No.164T (= DSM 46651 = CECT 8551).

Publication metadata

Author(s): Akhwale JK, Goker M, Rohde M, Schumann P, Klenk HP, Boga HI

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

Year: 2015

Volume: 65

Issue: 2

Pages: 457-462

Print publication date: 01/02/2015

Online publication date: 10/11/2014

Acceptance date: 05/11/2014

ISSN (print): 1466-5026

ISSN (electronic): 1466-5034

Publisher: Society for General Microbiology


DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.066951-0


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