- International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
- Volume 44, Issue 2
f Bacillus mojavensis sp. nov., Distinguishable from Bacillus subtilis by Sexual Isolation, Divergence in DNA Sequence, and Differences in Fatty Acid Composition
- Authors: MICHAEL S. ROBERTS, L. K. NAKAMURA, FREDERICK M. COHAN*
- * Corresponding author. Phone: (203) 347-9411. Fax: (203) 344-7952. Electronic mail address: FCOHAN@EAGLE.WESLEYAN.EDU.
- First Published Online: 01 April 1994, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 44: 256-264, doi: 10.1099/00207713-44-2-256
- Subject: Original Papers Relating To Systematic Bacteriology
- Issue Published:
A number of Bacillus strains isolated from desert soil samples were shown to belong to a previously unidentified species, for which we propose the name Bacillus mojavensis. The type strain is RO-H-1 (= NRRL B-14698). On the basis of restriction digest data, B. mojavensis is most closely related to Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, Bacillus atrophaeus, and Bacillus subtilis. So far, B. mojavensis can be distinguished from B. subtilis only by differences in whole-cell fatty acid composition, divergence in DNA sequence, and resistance to genetic transformation between taxa (in addition to reduced genome relatedness values). Sequence divergence and sexual isolation may prove to be more useful than metabolic characteristics for delimiting cryptic Bacillus species.
Copyright © 1994 International Union of Microbiological Societies | Published by the Microbiology Society
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