Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 103, Issue 2, pp 347–355 | Cite as

Albirhodobacter marinus gen. nov., sp. nov., a member of the family Rhodobacteraceae isolated from sea shore water of Visakhapatnam, India

  • Nupur
  • Bhumika Vaidya
  • Naga Radha Srinivas Tanuku
  • Anil Kumar Pinnaka
Original Paper


A novel marine, Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium, designated strain N9T, was isolated from a water sample of the sea shore at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (India). Strain N9T was found to be positive for oxidase and catalase activities. The fatty acids were found to be dominated by C16:0, C18:1 ω7c and summed in feature 3 (C16:1 ω7c and/or C16:1 ω6c). Strain N9T was determined to contain Q-10 as the major respiratory quinone and phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylglycerol, two aminophospholipids, two phospholipids and four unidentified lipids as polar lipids. The DNA G+C content of the strain N9T was found to be 63 mol%. 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis indicated that Rhodobacter sphaeroides, Rhodobacter johrii, Pseudorhodobacter ferrugineus, Rhodobacter azotoformans, Rhodobacter ovatus and Pseudorhodobacter aquimaris were the nearest phylogenetic neighbours, with pair-wise sequence similarities of 95.43, 95.36, 94.24, 95.31, 95.60 and 94.74 %, respectively. Phylogenetic analysis showed that strain N9T formed a distinct branch within the family Rhodobacteraceae and clustered with the clade comprising species of the genus Pseudorhodobacter, together with species of the genera Roseicitreum, Roseinatronobacter, Roseibaca and Rhodobaca. Species of the genus Pseudorhodobacter are phylogenetically close with a 16S rRNA gene sequence dissimilarity of 5.9–7.3 % (92.7–94.1 % similarity). Based on the above-mentioned phenotypic characteristics and on phylogenetic inference, strain N9T is proposed as a representative of a new genus and a novel species of the family Rhodobacteraceae as Albirhodobacter marinus gen. nov., sp. nov. The type strain of Albirhodobacter marinus is N9 (= MTCC 11277T = JCM 17680T).


Albirhodobacter marinus 16S rRNA gene based phylogeny Chemotaxonomy 



We thank Dr. J. Euzeby for his expert suggestion for the correct species epithet and Latin etymology. We also thank Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India for financial assistance. We would like to thank Mr. Deepak for his excellent help in sequencing DNA. The laboratory facility was extended by MMRF of NIO, RC, Kochi funded by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi. TNRS is thankful to CSIR SIP project (SIP1302) for providing facilities and funding, respectively.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nupur
    • 1
  • Bhumika Vaidya
    • 1
  • Naga Radha Srinivas Tanuku
    • 2
    • 3
  • Anil Kumar Pinnaka
    • 1
  1. 1.Microbial Type Culture Collection and Gene BankInstitute of Microbial Technology (CSIR)ChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR), Regional CentreKochiIndia
  3. 3.National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR), Regional CentreVisakhapatnamIndia

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