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Microbial Ecology

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 176–182 | Cite as

Limnothrix redekei (Van Goor) Meffert (Cyanobacteria) Strains from Lake Kastoria, Greece Form a Separate Phylogenetic Group

  • S. Gkelis
  • P. Rajaniemi
  • E. Vardaka
  • M. Moustaka-Gouni
  • T. Lanaras
  • K. Sivonen
Article

Abstract

Three strains of Limnothrix (Cyanobacteria) isolated from Lake Kastoria, Greece, were characterized based on their morphological features and 16S rRNA gene sequences. The Limnothrix isolates 007a, 165a, and 165c can morphologically be assigned to Limnothrix redekei (Van Goor) Meffert. The 16S rRNA gene of the Limnothrix strains showed a 99% similarity to the 16S rRNA gene of Planktothrix sp. FP1. Limnothrix redekei strains 165a, 165c, 007a and Planktothrix sp. FP1 formed a separate cluster in the cyanobacterial 16S rRNA gene tree. It was distinct from the Pseudanabaena cluster, which included the other Limnothrix strains isolated from northern temperate lakes. This is the first report on the phylogeny of L. redekei strains originating from a Mediterranean lake (southern Europe) and provides new data about the genus Limnothrix.

Keywords

Oscillatoria Maximum Parsimony Tree Strain 165c General Time Reversible Mediterranean Lake 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was supported by the EU programs CYANOTOX (IC18-CT98-0293) and MIDI-CHIP (EKV2-CT-1999-00026), the Academy of Finland to KS and the Bodossaki Foundation, Greece, to SG. We thank Dr David Fewer for his help in constructing the phylogenetic trees and Dr Christina Lyra for her constructive comments about the manuscript. We thank Electron Microscopy Unit of the Institute of Biotechnology-University of Helsinki for providing laboratory facilities and Dr. Eija Jokitalo and Merja Lindman for help in EM work. Prof. Jiri Komárek is gratefully acknowledged for valuable and fruitful discussions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Gkelis
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. Rajaniemi
    • 1
  • E. Vardaka
    • 2
    • 3
  • M. Moustaka-Gouni
    • 2
  • T. Lanaras
    • 2
  • K. Sivonen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Chemistry and MicrobiologyViikki BiocenterFinland
  2. 2.Department of BotanyUniversity of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture TechnologyTechnological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Campus of MoudaniaMoudaniaGreece

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