Draft genome sequences for the obligate bacterial predators Bacteriovorax spp. of four phylogenetic clusters

Stand Genomic Sci. 2015 Mar 24;10:11. doi: 10.1186/1944-3277-10-11. eCollection 2015.


Bacteriovorax is the halophilic genus of the obligate bacterial predators, Bdellovibrio and like organisms. The predators are known for their unique biphasic life style in which they search for and attack their prey in the free living phase; penetrate, grow, multiply and lyse the prey in the intraperiplasmic phase. Bacteriovorax isolates representing four phylogenetic clusters were selected for genomic sequencing. Only one type strain genome has been published so far from the genus Bacteriovorax. We report the genomes from non-type strains isolated from aquatic environments. Here we describe and compare the genomic features of the four strains, together with the classification and annotation.

Keywords: Bacteriovorax; Bdellovibrio and like organisms; Gram-negative; Marine; Motile; Predatory bacteria.