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Formosa algae gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel member of the family Flavobacteriaceae.

Four light-yellow-pigmented, Gram-negative, short-rod-shaped, non-motile isolates were obtained from enrichment culture during degradation of the thallus of the brown alga Fucus evanescens. The isolates studied were chemo-organotrophic, alkalitolerant and mesophilic. Polar lipids were analysed and phosphatidylethanolamine was the only phospholipid identified. The predominant cellular fatty acids were 15 : 0, i15 : 0, ai15 : 0, i15 : 1 and 15 : 1(n-6). The DNA G+C contents of the four strains were 34.0-34.4 mol%. The level of DNA relatedness of the four isolates was conspecific (88-98 %), indicating that they belong to the same species. The 16S rDNA sequence of strain KMM 3553(T) was determined. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that KMM 3553(T) formed a distinct phyletic line in the phylum Bacteroidetes, class Flavobacteria in the family Flavobacteriaceae and that, phylogenetically, this strain could be placed almost equidistant from the genera Gelidibacter and Psychroserpens ( 16S rRNA gene sequence similarities of 94 %). On the basis of significant differences in phenotypic and chemotaxonomic characteristics, it is suggested that the isolates represent a novel species in a new genus; the name Formosa algae gen. nov., sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is KMM 3553(T) (=CIP 107684(T)).[1]


  1. Formosa algae gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel member of the family Flavobacteriaceae. Ivanova, E.P., Alexeeva, Y.V., Flavier, S., Wright, J.P., Zhukova, N.V., Gorshkova, N.M., Mikhailov, V.V., Nicolau, D.V., Christen, R. Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. (2004) [Pubmed]
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