Streptomyces buecherae sp. nov., an actinomycete isolated from multiple bat species

Paris S. Hamm*, Christopher A. Dunlap, Michael W. Mullowney, Nicole A. Caimi, Neil L. Kelleher, Regan J. Thomson, Andrea Porras-Alfaro, Diana E. Northup

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A putative novel clade within the genus Streptomyces was discovered following antifungal screening against Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the causative agent of white-nose syndrome, and described using multi-locus sequencing analysis. Swabs from both the cave myotis bat (Myotis velifer) and the Brazilian free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) in southern New Mexico bore isolates AC536, AC541T and AC563, which were characterised using phylogenetic, morphological, and phenotypic analyses. Multi-locus sequence analysis positions AC541T with neighbors Streptomyces rubidus (NRRL B-24619T), Streptomyces guanduensis (NRRL B-24617T), and Streptomyces yeochonensis (NRRL B-24245T). A complete genome of the type strain was assembled to determine its taxonomy and secondary metabolite potential. ANI comparisons between all closely related types strains are shown to be well below the 95–96% species delineation. DNA-DNA relatedness between AC541T and its nearest neighbors ranged between 23.7 and 24.1% confirming novelty. Approximately 1.49 Mb or 17.76% of the whole genome is devoted to natural product biosynthesis. The DNA G + C content of the genomic DNA of the type strain is 73.13 mol %. Micromorphology depicts ovoid spores with smooth surfaces in flexuous chains. Strains presented an ivory to yellow hue on most ISP media except inorganic salts-starch agar (ISP4) and can grow on d-glucose, mannitol, and d-fructose, but exhibited little to no growth on l-arabinose, sucrose, d-xylose, inositol, l-rhamnose, d-raffinose, and cellulose. This clade possesses the capability to grow from 10 to 45 °C and 12.5% (w/v) NaCl. There was strain growth variation in pH, but all isolates thrive at alkaline levels. Based on our polyphasic study of AC541T, the strain warrants the assignment to a novel species, for which the name Streptomyces buecherae sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is AC541T (= JCM 34263T, = ATCC TSD201T).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2213-2221
Number of pages9
JournalAntonie van Leeuwenhoek
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • Antifungal
  • Bat
  • Biosynthetic gene clusters
  • Streptomyces
  • White-nose syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology


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