Methylobacterium oxalidis sp. nov., isolated from leaves of Oxalis corniculata

Akio Tani, Nurettin Sahin, Kazuhide Kimbara

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A pink-pigmented, facultatively methylotrophic bacterium, strain 35aT, was isolated from the leaves of Oxalis corniculata. Cells of strain 35aT were Gram-reaction-negative, motile, non-sporeforming rods. The highest 16S rRNA gene pairwise sequence similarities for strain 35aT were found with the strains of Methylobacterium iners 5317S-33T (96.7 %), 'Methylobacterium soli' YIM 48816 (96.6 %) and Methylobacterium jeotgali S2R03-9T (96.3 %). 16S rRNA gene sequence similarities with the type strains of all other recognized species of the genus Methylobacterium were below 96 %. Major cellular fatty acids were C18: 1ω7c, C18: 0 and C16: 0. The results of DNA-DNA hybridization experiments, analysis of cpn60 gene sequences, fatty acid profiles, whole-cell MALDI-TOF/MS spectral pattern analysis, and physiological and biochemical tests allowed genotypic and phenotypic differentiation of strain 35aT from its nearest phylogenetic neighbours. Strain 35aT is therefore considered to represent a novel species within the genus Methylobacterium, for which the name Methylobacterium oxalidis sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is 35aT (=DSM 24028T=NBRC 107715T).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1647-1652
Number of pages6
JournalInternational journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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