Zobellella maritima sp. Nov., a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading bacterium, isolated from beach sediment

Dong Wan Lee, Hanbyul Lee, Bong Oh Kwon, Jong Seong Khim, Un Hyuk Yim, Hongjae Park, Byeonghyeok Park, In Geol Choi, Beom Seok Kim, Jae Jin Kim

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A novel Gram-stain-negative, motile, rod-shaped bacterium, designated strain 102-Py4T, was isolated from Sinduri beach sediment in Taean, Republic of Korea. Cells were aerobic, oxidase-positive and catalase-positive. The isolate grew optimally with 1–3 % (w/v) NaCl, but NaCl is not an absolute requirement for growth. 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis revealed that strain 102-Py4T clustered together with Zobellella aerophila and fell within the clade formed by recognized species of the genus Zobellella. Its closest phylogenetic neighbours were Z. aerophila JC2671T (98.1 % 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity), Zobellella denitrificans ZD1T (96.4 %) and Zobellella taiwanensis ZT1T (96.0 %). The major fatty acids were summed feature 3 (comprising C16: 1ω7c and/or C16: 1ω6c), C12: 0, summed feature 8 (comprising C18: 1ω7c and/or C18: 1ω6c) and C16: 0The polar lipids were phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylglycerol and two unidentified amino lipids. The DNA G+C content was 62.1 mol%. The DNA–DNA relatedness value between strain 102-Py4T and Z. aerophila JC2671T was 12.4±1.3 %. The phenotypic properties of 102-Py4T demonstrated that this strain could be distinguished from other Zobellella species. On the basis of the data presented, strain 102-Py4T (=KCTC 62272T=JCM 32359T=DSM 106043T) is considered to represent a novel species of the genus Zobellella, for which the name Zobellella maritima sp. nov. is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number002825
Pages (from-to)2279-2284
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the project entitled ‘Oil Spill Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Restoration (PM57431)’ funded by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of Korea.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 IUMS.


  • Beach sediment
  • Gammaproteobacteria
  • PAH degradation
  • Zobellella

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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