African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5233

Full Length Research Paper

Phylogenetic analysis of 16S rRNA gene reveals high species diversity of Halorubrum in China

Shao-Xing Chen1,2,3, Zhi-Wei Zhao2, Chi Zeng4 and Zhu L. Yang1*
1Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201, China. 2Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization for Bioresources and Key Laboratory of Microbial Diversity in Southwest China, Ministry of Education, Yunnan University, Kunming 650091, China. 3University Key Laboratory of Crop High Quality and High Effective Cultivation and Safety Control in Yunnan Province, Honghe University, Mengzi 661100, China. 4School of Biology and Pharmaceutical Engineering, Wuhan Polytechnic University, Wuhan 430023, China.
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  •  Accepted: 10 May 2013
  •  Published: 30 June 2013


Haloarchaea such as Halorubrum are excellent models for field and laboratory study. Almost half of the new species of Halorubrum were identified from the samples collected from China. The aim of this study is to determine whether some species reported elsewhere are distributed in China. Hypersaline environments-a special niche, are distributed all over the world. The genus Halorubrum frequently dominates the microbial communities in hypersaline environment.  We collected tens of salt mine or saline soil samples from China’s Yunnan, Hainan and Jiangsu provinces (China) for Halorubrumisolation. Tens of haloarchaea strains with different morphological properties were isolated. The 16S rRNA genes were amplified by using Halorubrum specific primers and cloned into the vector for sequencing. The raw classifications were based on the phylogenetic analyses, and the results showed that 29 strains were affiliated with genusHalorubrum and isolated 29 strains of haloarchaea affiliated with Halorubrum. The 16S rRNA gene sequences were amplified by Halorubrum specific primers. Additional sequences available in GenBank were downloaded. Phylogenetic analyses of 16S rRNA gene sequences revealed: 1) Nineteen lineages, of which eleven shared a low sequence similarity (less than 99%) with the validly described species and, thus, may represent new taxa; 2) new records of five known species also distributed in China; 3) at least two separated lineages may represent new species. This is the first report of such high species diversity of Halorubrum in China.


Key word: Halorubrum, rRNA gene sequences, hypersaline, haloarchaea strains.