Novosphingobium album sp. nov., Novosphingobium organovorum sp. nov. and Novosphingobium mangrovi sp. nov. with the organophosphorus pesticides degrading ability isolated from mangrove sediments

Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2023 Apr;73(4). doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.005843.


Members of the genus Novosphingobium were frequently isolated from polluted environments and possess great bioremediation potential. Here, three species, designated B2637T, B2580T and B1949T, were isolated from mangrove sediments and might represent novel species in the genus Novosphingobium based on a polyphasic taxonomy study. Phylogenomic analysis revealed that strains B2580T, B1949T and B2637T clustered with Novosphingobium naphthalenivorans NBRC 102051T, 'N. profundi' F72 and N. decolorationis 502str22T, respectively. The average nucleotide identity (ANI) and digital DNA-DNA hybridization (dDDH) values between isolates and their closely related species were less than 94 and 54 %, respectively, all below the threshold of species discrimination. The sizes of the genomes of isolates B2580T, B2637T and B1949T ranged from 4.4 to 4.6 Mb, containing 63.3-66.4 % G+C content. Analysis of their genomic sequences identified genes related to pesticide degradation, heavy-metal resistance, nitrogen fixation, antibiotic resistance and sulphur metabolism, revealing the biotechnology potential of these isolates. Except for B2637T, B1949T and B2580T were able to grow in the presence of quinalphos. Results from these polyphasic taxonomic analyses support the affiliation of these strains to three novel species within the genus Novosphingobium, for which we propose the name Novosphingobium album sp. nov. B2580T (=KCTC 72967T=MCCC 1K04555T), Novosphingobium organovorum sp. nov. B1949T (=KCTC 92158T=MCCC 1K03763T) and Novosphingobium mangrovi sp. nov. B2637T (KCTC 72969T=MCCC 1K04460T).

Keywords: Alphaproteobacteria; Novosphingobium; Organophosphorus pesticides; mangrove sediments.

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Typing Techniques
  • Base Composition
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • Fatty Acids* / chemistry
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Organophosphorus Compounds
  • Pesticides*
  • Phospholipids
  • Phylogeny
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


  • Fatty Acids
  • Organophosphorus Compounds
  • DNA, Bacterial
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S
  • Pesticides
  • Phospholipids