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UV Resistance of bacteria from the Kenyan Marine cyanobacterium, Moorea Producens

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Thomas Dzeha, Dr Michael HallORCiD, Professor Grant Burgess



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This study focused on bacteria isolated from the marine cyanobacterium, Moorea producens collected off the Kenyan coast at Shimoni, Wasini, Kilifi and Mida. UV irradiance of isolates (302 nm, 70 W m-2, 0-1h) established Bacillus licheniformis as the most UV resistant strain, with the following order of taxon resistance: Bacilli > γ proteobacteria > Actinobacteria. UV resistance was independent of pigmentation. The phylogenetic distance of B. licheniformis and Bacillus aerius relative to M. producens CCAP 1446/4 was 2.5635 and 2.3238 respectively. Survival of B. licheniformis upon UV irradiance followed first order kinetics (k = 0.035 min-1, R2 = 0.88). Addition of aqueous extracts (2, 10, 20 and 40 mg mL-1) of this B. licheniformis strain on the less UV resistant Marinobacterium stanieri were not significant however, the commercial sunscreen benzophenone-3 (BP-3) positive control and the time of irradiance were significant. Detection of bacteria on M. producens filaments stained with acridine orange confirmed its non-axenic nature. UV resistance in bacteria isolated from M. producens has not been observed previously. Additionally, UV resistance of B. licheniformis is being observed for the first time.

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Author(s): Dzeha T, Nyiro C, Kardasopoulos D, Mburu D, Mwafaida J, Hall MJ, Burgess JG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: MicrobiologyOpen

Year: 2019

Volume: 8

Issue: 4

Print publication date: 12/04/2019

Online publication date: 19/08/2018

Acceptance date: 22/06/2018

Date deposited: 28/08/2018

ISSN (electronic): 2045-8827

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


DOI: 10.1002/mbo3.697


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Funder referenceFunder name
European Union Marie Curie IIF postdoctoral research fellowship
Lynbya-KENYA 29950