Luteibacter rhizovicinus gen. nov., sp nov., a yellow-pigmented gammaproteobacterium isolated from the rhizosphere of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

Jens E. Johansen, Svend J. Binnerup, Niels Kroer, Lars Mølbak

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    Three strains of Gram-negative, aerobic, yellow-pigmented, chemo-organotrophic bacteria, motile by a polar flagellum, were isolated from the rhizosphere of spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) at a research field near Copenhagen, Denmark. The three strains, LJ79, LJ96(T) and LJ99, formed visible colonies on one-tenth-strength tryptic soy broth supplemented with agar (1/10 TSBA) after incubation for 6 days at 15 degrees C. The strains hydrolysed starch, casein (skimmed milk), gelatin and various pentoses and hexoses and grew on MacConkey agar and full-strength TSBA. Growth on 1/10 TSBA occurred at 4-30 degrees C, pH 6-9 and 0-3% (w/v) NaCl. The strains had identical 16S rRNA gene sequences and ERIC (enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus sequence) fingerprint profiles, but could be differentiated by their RAPID (random amplified polymorphic DNA) fingerprint patterns. Strain U96(T) had a DNA G+C content of 64.3 mol% and the major fatty acids were 15:0 iso (23.4%), 17: 1 iso omega 9c (25.5%) and 17 :0 iso (18.1 %). Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequences of the three strains showed 96 % sequence similarity to Rhodanobacter lindaniclasticus LMG 18385(T), 95 % to Frateuria aurantia DSM 6220(T) and 96 % to Fulvimonas soli LMG 19981(T). Using LJ96(T) DNA as probe, DNA-DNA hybridizations documented the relationship of the three strains to a single species (87.4-98.7% relatedness) and showed less than 30% relatedness to Frateuria aurantia DSM 62207 and Fulvimonas soli DSM 14263(T). Rhodanobacter lindaniclasticus LMG 183857 is not extant and the strain not available from any public strain collections, thus DNA-DNA hybridization could not include this strain. On the basis of genotypic and phenotypic characteristics, the three yellow-pigmented strains could also be differentiated from Frateuria aurantia, Fulvimonas soli and Rhodanobacter lindaniclasticus. The name Luteibacter rhizovicinus gen. nov., sp. nov. is proposed, with the type strain LJ96(T) (=DSM 16549(T)=ATCC BAA-1015(T)).
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
    Issue number6
    Pages (from-to)2285-2291
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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