Methylobacterium haplocladii sp. nov. and Methylobacterium brachythecii sp. nov., isolated from bryophytes

Akio Tani, Nurettin Sahin

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Pink-pigmented, facultatively methylotrophic bacteria, strains 87eT and 99bT, were isolated from the bryophytes Haplocladium microphyllum and Brachythecium plumosum, respectively. The cells of both strains were Gram-reaction-negative, motile, non-spore-forming rods. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity, strains 87eT and 99bT were found to be related to Methylobacterium organophilum ATCC 27886T (97.1 % and 97.7%, respectively). Strains 87eT and 99bT showed highest 16S rRNA gene similarity to Methylobacterium gnaphalii 23eT (98.3 and 99.0%, respectively). The phylogenetic similarities to all other species of the genus Methylobacterium with validly published names were less than 97%. Major cellular fatty acids of both strains were C18:1ω7c and C18:0. The results of DNA-DNA hybridization, phylogenetic analyses based on 16S rRNA and cpn60 gene sequences, fatty acid profiles, whole-cell matrix- assisted, laser-desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/MS) analysis, and physiological and biochemical tests allowed genotypic and phenotypic differentiation of strains 87eT and 99bT from their phylogenetically closest relatives. We propose that strains 87eT and 99bT represent novel species within the genus Methylobacterium, for which the names Methylobacterium haplocladii sp. nov. (type strain 87eT=DSM 24195T=NBRC 107714T) and Methylobacterium brachythecii sp. nov. (type strain 99bT=DSM 24105T=NBRC 107710T) are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3287-3292
Number of pages6
JournalInternational journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology
Issue numberPART9
Publication statusPublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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