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Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2003 Jan;53(Pt 1):231-8.

Paracoccus zeaxanthinifaciens sp. nov., a zeaxanthin-producing bacterium.

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  • 1Biotechnology Department, Research and Development, Roche Vitamins AG, CH-4070 Basel, Switzerland. alan.berry@roche.com


A comprehensive taxonomic re-evaluation was performed on the marine, zeaxanthin-producing bacterium formerly classified as [Favobacterium] sp. strain R-1 512 (ATCC 21588). This strain, together with two other previously described marine isolates, [Flavobacterium] strain R-1506 and Paracoccus sp. strain MBIC 3966, were found to comprise a new species of the genus Paracoccus. The name Paracoccus zeaxanthinifaciens sp. nov. is proposed, with ATCC 21588T (= R-1512T =LMG 21293T) designated as the type strain.

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