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Streptomyces asenjonii sp. nov., isolated from hyper-arid Atacama Desert soils and emended description of Streptomyces viridosporus Pridham et al. 1958

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Michael Goodfellow, Kanungrid Busarakam, Hamidah Idris, Dr Imen Nouioui, Ros Brown, Dr Byung-Yong Kim, Dr Maria Del Carmen Montero-CalasanzORCiD



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© 2017 The Author(s) A polyphasic study was undertaken to establish the taxonomic status of Streptomyces strains isolated from hyper-arid Atacama Desert soils. Analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequences of the isolates showed that they formed a well-defined lineage that was loosely associated with the type strains of several Streptomyces species. Multi-locus sequence analysis based on five housekeeping gene alleles showed that the strains form a homogeneous taxon that is closely related to the type strains of Streptomyces ghanaensis and Streptomyces viridosporus. Representative isolates were shown to have chemotaxonomic and morphological properties consistent with their classification in the genus Streptomyces. The isolates have many phenotypic features in common, some of which distinguish them from S. ghanaensis NRRL B-12104T, their near phylogenetic neighbour. On the basis of these genotypic and phenotypic data it is proposed that the isolates be recognised as a new species within the genus Streptomyces, named Streptomyces asenjonii sp. nov. The type strain of the species is KNN35.1bT (NCIMB 15082T = NRRL B-65050T). Some of the isolates, including the type strain, showed antibacterial activity in standard plug assays. In addition, MLSA, average nucleotide identity and phenotypic data show that the type strains of S. ghanaensis and S. viridosporus belong to the same species. Consequently, it is proposed that the former be recognised as a heterotypic synonym of the latter and an emended description is given for S. viridosporus.

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Author(s): Goodfellow M, Busarakam K, Idris H, Labeda DP, Nouioui I, Brown R, Kim B-Y, Montero-Calasanz MDC, Andrews BA, Bull AT

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Year: 2017

Volume: 110

Issue: 9

Pages: 1133-1148

Print publication date: 01/09/2017

Online publication date: 06/06/2017

Acceptance date: 05/05/2017

Date deposited: 28/06/2017

ISSN (print): 0003-6072

ISSN (electronic): 1572-9699

Publisher: Springer Netherlands


DOI: 10.1007/s10482-017-0886-7


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