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Syst Appl Microbiol. 1999 Sep;22(3):387-92.

Diversity and relationships of Bradyrhizobia from Amphicarpaea bracteata based on partial nod and ribosomal sequences.

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  • 1Department of Biological Sciences, State University of New York, Binghamton, USA.

Abstract

Partial sequences of three nod genes (nodC, nodD1, and nodA 5' flanking region) and of 16S and 23S rDNA were obtained from isolates of Bradyrhizobium sp. associated with the native North American legume Amphicarpaea bracteata. Isolates from Amphicarpaea had identical sequences in the three nod gene regions, but differed from all other Bradyrhizobium taxa at > 10% of nucleotide sites. Parsimony analysis of all nod gene segments indicated a phylogenetic relationship of these bacteria to B. elkanii, with B. japonicum diverging prior to the diversification of these taxa. All Bradyrhizobium isolates from Amphicarpaea were also identical to B. elkanii in the size of the intervening sequence (IVS) in the 5' region of the 23S rRNA gene, while B. japonicum had an IVS length variant with 29 additional nucleotides. Parsimony analysis of both 16S and 23S partial rDNA sequences grouped Bradyrhizobium sp. isolates from Amphicarpaea into a clade together with B. elkanii, consistent with the relationships inferred from nod sequences.

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