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Methylosphaera hansonii gen. nov., sp. nov., a psychrophilic, group I methanotroph from Antarctic marine salinity, meromictic lakes


Bowman, JP and McCammon, SA and Skerratt, J, Methylosphaera hansonii gen. nov., sp. nov., a psychrophilic, group I methanotroph from Antarctic marine salinity, meromictic lakes, Microbiology, 143 pp. 1451-1459. ISSN 1350-0872 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1099/00221287-143-4-1451


Methanotrophic bacteria were enumerated and isolated from the chemocline and surface sediments of marine-salinity Antarctic meromictic lakes located in the Vestfold Hills, Antarctica (68°S 78°E). Most probable number (MPN) analysis indicated that at the chemocline of Ace Lake the methanotroph population made up only a small proportion of the total microbial population and was sharply stratified, with higher populations detected in the surface sediments collected at the edge of Ace Lake and Burton Lake. Methanotrophs were not detected in Pendant Lake. Only a single phenotypic group of methanotrophs was successfully enriched, enumerated and isolated into pure culture from the lake samples. Strains of this group were non-motile, coccoidal in morphology, did not form resting cells, reproduced by constriction, and required seawater for growth. The strains were also psychrophilic, with optimal growth occurring at 10-13°C and maximum growth temperatures of 16-21°C. The ribulose monophosphate pathway but not the serine pathway for incorporation of C 1 compounds was detectable in the strains. The guanine plus cytosine (G+C) content of the genomic DNA was 43-46 mol%. Whole-cell fatty acid analysis indicated hat 16:1ω8c (37-41%), 16:1ω6c (17-19%), 16:1ω7c (15-19%) and 16:0 (14-15%) were the major fatty acids in the strains. 16S rDNA sequence analysis revealed that the strains form a distinct line of descent in the family Methylococcaceae (group I methanotrophs), with the closest relative being the Louisiana Slope methanotrophic mytilid endosymbiont (91.8-92.3% sequence similarity). On the basis of polyphasic taxonomic characteristics the Antarctic lake isolates represent a novel group I methanotrophic genus with the proposed name Methylosphaera hansonii (type strain ACAM 549).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Bacteriology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Bowman, JP (Associate Professor John Bowman)
UTAS Author:McCammon, SA (Ms Sharee McCammon)
UTAS Author:Skerratt, J (Dr Jenny Skerratt)
ID Code:9559
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:124
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-11

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