Saccharothrix tharensis sp. nov., an actinobacterium isolated from the Thar Desert, India

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The taxonomic provenance of a filamentous actinobacterial strain isolated from a desert soil was established using a polyphasic approach. The strain has chemotaxonomic and morphological properties consistent with its classification in the genus Saccharothrix. It forms a distinct branch in the Saccharothrix 16S rRNA gene tree, related to the type strain of Saccharothrix saharensis (96.7%) but was distinguished readily from it using a combination of phenotypic properties. The genotypic and phenotypic data show that the strain represents a novel species in the genus Saccharothrix, for which the name Saccharothrix tharensis sp. nov. is proposed with the type strain TD-093T (= KCTC 39724T = MCC 2832T).

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The authors are grateful to the Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida, for providing the infrastructure facilities for this work. AI thanks the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for an INSPIRE fellowship (IF 120267) and MG is grateful for an Emeritus Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust.

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Ibeyaima, A., Singh, A.K., Lal, R. et al. Saccharothrix tharensis sp. nov., an actinobacterium isolated from the Thar Desert, India. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 111, 2141–2147 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10482-018-1106-9

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Keywords

  • Actinobacteria
  • Arid desert
  • Chemotaxonomy
  • New species
  • Saccharothrix