Gene sequences are herein proposed to be suitable type material for the description of prokaryotic species. This proposal follows from the principles described in the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes. This simple change in the Code will allow for the stability of naming of Candidatus taxa, endosymbionts and uncultivated prokaryotes and will meet an important need within microbiology. In addition, modern molecular techniques allow the identification of genera even when the species remain obscure. The Code should be modified to allow gene sequences to serve as the type material for genera in the absence of described species. This simple change will unite the nomenclature of the cultured and uncultured prokaryotes into a single, robust system.
An investigation into the taxonomic position of Bacillus isronensis MTCC 7902T revealed that the strain shares a common phylogenetic lineage with Solibacillus silvestris MTCC 10789T. It displays considerable overlap in phenotypic properties with the genus Solibacillus, including endospore shape and position, oxidase and catalase activities, presence of iso-C15 : 0, C16 : 1 ω7c alcohol and iso-C17 : 1 ω7c as major cellular fatty acids, A4α-type cell-wall peptidoglycan, polar lipids and menaquinone pattern. These features reinforce the findings of molecular phylogenetic analyses based on 16S rRNA gene, gyrB gene and 16S–23S internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region sequences and, in line with the recommendations of Kämpfer et al. [Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 56 (2006), 781–786], provide justification for the transfer of Bacillus isronensis from the genus Bacillus to Solibacillus as Solibacillus isronensis comb. nov. The type strain is B3W22T ( = MTCC 7902T = DSM 21046T = JCM 13838T). An emended description of the genus Solibacillus is also provided.
As phytoplasmas are discovered at an ever-increasing pace in emerging and re-emerging plant diseases worldwide, the scheme for classification of phytoplasmas into 16S rRNA gene RFLP (16Sr) groups and subgroups is experiencing an ongoing rapid expansion. Improper delineation or designation of new groups and subgroups can open potential conflicts in classifying newly identified phytoplasma strains. To maintain the integrity of the classification scheme, criteria for the delineation of new groups and subgroups must be followed, and proper registration should be required to track established groups and subgroups.