Taxonomically Characterized and Validated Bacterial Species Based on 16S rRNA Gene Sequences from India During the Last Decade

  • Princy Hira
  • Priya Singh
  • Anil Kumar Pinnaka
  • Suresh Korpole
  • Rup LalEmail author
Review article


Microbial taxonomy dealing with identification and characterization of prokaryotes like bacteria and archaea has always been a major area of research all over the world. Exploring diversity of microbes and description of novel species with different genes and secondary compounds is of utmost importance for better future and sustenance of life. India having an enormous range of ecosystems and diverse species inhabiting these niches is considered to be one of the richest biodiversity regions of the world. During the last decade, with newer methodologies and better technology, the prokaryotic taxonomy from India has extended our inventory of microbial communities in specific niches. However, there still exist some limitations in classifying the microbes from India as compared to that is done world-over. This review enlists the taxonomic description of novel taxa of prokaryotes from India in the past decade. A total of 378 new bacterial species have been classified from different habitats in India in the last ten years and no descriptions of archaeal species is documented till date.


Microbial taxonomy Classification Niches Novel species Indian biodiversity 



This manuscript was partly written when RL was on INSA-DFG Bilateral Exchange Program-2019. RL is thankful to The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) for providing the NASI Senior Scientist Platinum Jubilee Fellowship.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Princy Hira
    • 1
  • Priya Singh
    • 2
  • Anil Kumar Pinnaka
    • 3
  • Suresh Korpole
    • 3
  • Rup Lal
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyMaitreyi College (University of Delhi)ChanakyapuriIndia
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyAcharya Narendra Dev College (University of Delhi)New DelhiIndia
  3. 3.CSIR-Institute of Microbial TechnologyChandigarhIndia
  4. 4.The Energy and Resource InstituteNew DelhiIndia

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