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Microb Ecol. 2000 Jan;39(1):22-31.

Phylogenetic Analysis of Bacterial Communities Associated with Leaves of the Seagrass Halophila stipulacea by a Culture-Independent Small-Subunit rRNA Gene Approach.

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Universität Bielefeld, Fakultät für Biologie, Lehrstuhl für Genetik, Universitätsstr.25, D-33615 Bielefeld, Germany

Abstract

The phylogenetic diversity of the bacterial community associated with leaves of the marine plant Halophila stipulacea in the northern Gulf of Elat was examined by 16S rRNA gene (rDNA) sequence analyses of a clone library. For 59 clones corresponding to 51 ARDRA (amplified rDNA restriction analysis) groups, the sequence of approximately 1 kb was determined, and the fraction of the corresponding ARDRA groups of the leaf library was calculated. The class Proteobacteria was represented by 62.6% of the clone sequences. Most sequences originated from members of the gamma-subclass (27.3%), affiliated with members of the genera Pseudomonas, Vibrio, Marinomonas, Oceanospirillum, and other marine groups. Affiliation to the alpha-subclass was determined for 24.2% of the sequences. They were related to the genera Hyphomonas, Roseobacter, Ruegeria, and Rhizobiaceae. Several alpha-proteobacterial sequences were distantly related to known sequences. Only 4% of the clone sequences were related to beta-Proteobacteria. Additionally, 7.1% of the sequences possibly belonged to the class Proteobacteria, but branched deeply from known subclasses. Several sequences were affiliated to members of the orders Verrucomicrobiales and Planctomycetales, the Holophaga/Acidobacterium phylum, and chloroplasts of marine diatoms. </hea.

PMID:
10790514

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