Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 111, Issue 4, pp 629–636 | Cite as

Rhodococcus psychrotolerans sp. nov., isolated from rhizosphere of Deschampsia antarctica

  • Leonardo Jose Silva
  • Danilo Tosta Souza
  • Diego Bonaldo Genuario
  • Harold Alexander Vargas Hoyos
  • Suikinai Nobre Santos
  • Luiz Henrique Rosa
  • Tiago Domingues Zucchi
  • Itamar Soares MeloEmail author
Original Paper


A novel actinobacterium, designated strain CMAA 1533T, was isolated from the rhizosphere of Deschampsia antarctica collected at King George Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Strain CMAA 1533T was found to grow over a wide range of temperatures (4–28 °C) and pH (4–10). Macroscopically, the colonies were observed to be circular shaped, smooth, brittle and opaque-cream on most of the culture media tested. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences revealed that strain CMAA 1533T belongs to the family Nocardiaceae and forms a distinct phyletic line within the genus Rhodococcus. Sequence similarity calculations indicated that the novel strain is closely related to Rhodococcus degradans CCM 4446T, Rhodococcus erythropolis NBRC 15567T and Rhodococcus triatomae DSM 44892T (≤ 96.9%). The organism was found to contain meso-diaminopimelic acid, galactose and arabinose in whole cell hydrolysates. Its predominant isoprenologue was identified as MK-8(H2) and the polar lipids as diphosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylinositol and phosphatidylinositol mannosides. The major fatty acids were identified as Summed feature (C16:1 ω6c and/or C16:1 ω7c), C16:0, C18:1 ω9c and 10-methyl C18:0. The G+C content of genomic DNA was determined to be 65.5 mol%. Unlike the closely related type strains, CMAA 1533T can grow at 4 °C but not at 37 °C and was able to utilise adonitol and galactose as sole carbon sources. Based on phylogenetic, chemotaxonomic and physiological data, it is concluded that strain CMAA 1533T (= NRRL B-65465T = DSM 104532T) represents a new species of the genus Rhodococcus, for which the name Rhodococcus psychrotolerans sp. nov. is proposed.


Antarctic actinomycetes CMAA 1533T Polyphasic approach Taxonomy 



Silva, L.J. thanks the support from National Council for Scientific and Technological Development [CNPq 141705/2014-0] and [CNPq PROANTAR 407230/2013-0, INCT Criosfera]. Genuario, D. B. and Souza, D.T were supported by FAPESP graduate scholarships 2014/26131-7 and 2013/25505-8, respectively. The authors are grateful to Marcia Maria Parma Leme, João Luiz da Silva, Renato Barbosa Salaroli and Roseli dos Santos Nascimento by their contributions with the laboratory techniques. Finally, thanks are due to the PROANTAR Research Program and Brazilian Navy for logistical support during the OPERANTAR EXPEDITION.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonardo Jose Silva
    • 1
    • 2
  • Danilo Tosta Souza
    • 2
  • Diego Bonaldo Genuario
    • 2
  • Harold Alexander Vargas Hoyos
    • 1
    • 2
  • Suikinai Nobre Santos
    • 2
  • Luiz Henrique Rosa
    • 3
  • Tiago Domingues Zucchi
    • 4
  • Itamar Soares Melo
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Agriculture “Luiz de Queiroz”University of São PauloPiracicabaBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratory of Environmental MicrobiologyBrazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, EMBRAPA EnvironmentJaguariúnaBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Microbiology, Institute of Biological SciencesFederal University of Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  4. 4.Agrivalle, Agricultural BiotechnologySaltoBrazil

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