Streptomyces smaragdinus sp. nov., isolated from the gut of the fungus growing-termite Macrotermes natalensis.


The taxonomic position of a novel aerobic, Gram-positive actinobacteria, designated strain RB5(T), was determined using a polyphasic approach. The strain, isolated from the gut of the fungus-farming termite Macrotermes natalensis, showed morphological, physiological and chemotaxonomic properties typical of the genus Streptomyces. Based on 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, the closest phylogenetic neighbour of RB5(T) was Streptomyces polyrhachis DSM 42102(T) (98.87 %). DNA-DNA hybridization experiments between strain RB5(T) and S. polyrhachis DSM 42102(T) resulted in a value of 27.4 % (26.8 %). The cell wall of strain RB5(T) contained ll-diaminopimelic acid as the diagnostic amino acid. Mycolic acids and diagnostic sugars in whole-cell hydrolysates were not detected. The strain produced the following major phospholipids: diphosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylinositol, phosphatidylinositol-mannoside and phosphatidylserine. The menaquinone profile showed hexa- and octahydrogenated menaquinones containing nine isoprene units [MK-9(H6) and MK-9(H8)]. The strain exhibited a fatty acid profile containing the following major fatty acids: 12-methyltridecanoic acid (iso-C14 : 0) 12-methyltetradecanoic acid (anteiso-C15 : 0), 13-methyltetradecanoic acid (iso-C15 : 0) and 14-methylpentadecanoic acid (iso-C16 : 0). Here, we propose a novel species of the genus Streptomyces - Streptomyces smaragdinus with the type strain RB5(T) (=VKM Ac-2839(T)=NRRL B65539(T)).


PubMed ID: 32969785

Projects: A06

Publication type: Journal

Journal: Int J Syst Evol Microbiol

Citation: Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2020 Nov;70(11):5806-5811. doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.004478.

Date Published: 25th Sep 2020

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Authors: J. W. Schwitalla, R. Benndorf, K. Martin, J. Vollmers, A. K. Kaster, Z. W. de Beer, M. Poulsen, C. Beemelmanns

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