Genome sequences for six Rhodanobacter strains, isolated from soils and the terrestrial subsurface, with variable denitrification capabilities

J Bacteriol. 2012 Aug;194(16):4461-2. doi: 10.1128/JB.00871-12.


We report the first genome sequences for six strains of Rhodanobacter species isolated from a variety of soil and subsurface environments. Three of these strains are capable of complete denitrification and three others are not. However, all six strains contain most of the genes required for the respiration of nitrate to gaseous nitrogen. The nondenitrifying members of the genus lack only the gene for nitrate reduction, the first step in the full denitrification pathway. The data suggest that the environmental role of bacteria from the genus Rhodanobacter should be reevaluated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • DNA, Bacterial / chemistry*
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics*
  • Denitrification
  • Genome, Bacterial*
  • Metabolic Networks and Pathways / genetics
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nitrates / metabolism
  • Nitrogen / metabolism
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA*
  • Soil Microbiology
  • Xanthomonadaceae / genetics*
  • Xanthomonadaceae / isolation & purification
  • Xanthomonadaceae / metabolism*


  • DNA, Bacterial
  • Nitrates
  • Nitrogen

Associated data

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