Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 108, Issue 2, pp 443–451 | Cite as

Bacillus salitolerans sp. nov., a novel bacterium isolated from a salt mine in Xinjiang province, China

  • Wei-Yan Zhang
  • Jing Hu
  • Xin-Qi Zhang
  • Xu-Fen Zhu
  • Min Wu
Original Paper


A novel aerobic bacterium, KC1T, was isolated from a salt mine in Kuche county, Xinjiang province, China. Cells were observed to be Gram-positive, rod-shaped, endospore-forming and motile with flagella. Strain KC1T was found to grow at 25–45 °C (optimum 37 °C), pH 6.5–9.0 (optimum 8.0) and NaCl 0–10 % (v/v) (optimum 4 %). The major fatty acids were identified as anteiso-C15:0 and anteiso-C17:0. Menaquinone-7 (MK-7) was found to be the predominant isoprenoid quinone. The cell-wall diamino acid was found to be meso-diaminopimelic acid. Polar lipid analysis revealed the presence of phosphatidylglycerol and a glycolipid. The 16S rRNA gene sequence of strain KC1T showed low similarity (<96 %) to other validly named species. The phylogenetic trees showed that strain KC1T is closely related to Bacillus azotoformans DSM 1046T and Bacillus methanolicus DSM 16454T. Both these type strains showed 95.4 % 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity to strain KC1T. The DNA G+C content of strain KC1T was determined to be 39.0 mol%. On the basis of its phenotypic, chemotaxonomic and genotypic characteristics, strain KC1T is considered to represent a novel species of the genus Bacillus, for which the name Bacillus salitolerans sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is KC1T (=JCM 19760T = CGMCC 1.12810T).


Bacillus salitolerans sp. nov. Polyphasic taxonomy 16S rRNA gene Salt mine 



This work was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31170001).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei-Yan Zhang
    • 1
  • Jing Hu
    • 1
  • Xin-Qi Zhang
    • 2
  • Xu-Fen Zhu
    • 1
  • Min Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Life SciencesZhejiang UniversityHangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Forestry and BiotechnologyZhejiang Agricultural and Forestry UniversityLin’anPeople’s Republic of China

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