Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 11–18 | Cite as

Diversity of cultivable actinobacteria in geographically widespread marine sediments

  • Luis A. Maldonado
  • James  E.M. Stach
  • Wasu Pathom-aree
  • Alan  C. Ward
  • Alan  T. Bull
  • Michael Goodfellow


Reports describing actinobacteria isolated from marine environments have been dominated by Micromonospora, Rhodococcus and Streptomyces species. Recent culture-independent studies have shown that marine environments contain a high diversity of actinobacterial species that are rarely, if at all, recovered by cultivation-based methods. In this study, it is shown that cultivation-independent methods can be used to guide the application of selective isolation methods. The detection of marine-derived actinobacterial species that have previously only been reported from terrestrial habitats is highlighted. This study provides good evidence that the previously described low diversity of actinobacterial species isolated from marine environments does not reflect an actual low species diversity, and that the use of informed selective isolation procedures can aid in the isolation of members of novel taxa.


16S rRNA gene Marine environment PCR Actinobacteria Selective isolation Sequencing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis A. Maldonado
    • 1
    • 2
  • James  E.M. Stach
    • 3
  • Wasu Pathom-aree
    • 1
  • Alan  C. Ward
    • 1
  • Alan  T. Bull
    • 3
  • Michael Goodfellow
    • 1
  1. 1.School of BiologyUniversity of NewcastleNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Centro de Investigación y Asistencia en Tecnología y Diseño del Estado de Jalisco (CIATEJ)GuadalajaraMéxico
  3. 3.Research School of BiosciencesUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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