Pseudomonas sp. strain KC (= ATCC 55595 = DSM 7136) is a denitrifying aquifer isolate that produces and secretes pyridine-2,6-bis(thiocarboxylate) (PDTC), a chelating agent that fortuitously transforms carbon tetrachloride without producing chloroform. Although KC has been used successfully for full-scale bioremediation of carbon tetrachloride, its taxonomy has proven difficult to resolve, as it retains properties of both Pseudomonas stutzeri and Pseudomonas putida. In the present work, a polyphasic approach was used to conclude that strain KC represents a new genomovar (genomovar 9) within the species P. stutzeri.


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