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Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2005 May;55(Pt 3):1315-8.

Pedobacter caeni sp. nov., a novel species isolated from a nitrifying inoculum.

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Laboratory of Microbiology, Department of Biochemistry, Physiology and Microbiology, Ghent University, Belgium.


A Gram-negative, rod-shaped, non-spore-forming bacterium was isolated from a nitrifying inoculum. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity, LMG 22862(T) was shown to belong to the family Sphingobacteriaceae, related to Pedobacter africanus (98.0 %) and Pedobacter heparinus (97.6 %). The results of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, DNA-DNA hybridization, SDS-PAGE, analysis of the fatty acid composition and physiological and biochemical tests allowed genotypic and phenotypic differentiation of LMG 22862(T) from Pedobacter species with validly published names. LMG 22862(T) therefore represents a novel species within this genus, for which the name Pedobacter caeni sp. nov. is proposed, with the type strain LMG 22862(T) (=DSM 16990(T)).

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