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Abstract

Five strains with strong chitinolytic activity were isolated from a soil sample collected from southern Taiwan. The strains shared more than 92 % DNA–DNA similarity, indicating membership of the same genospecies. This close relationship was supported by high similarities in fatty acid composition and biochemical characteristics. A 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis indicated that the isolates were members of the class ‘’, in which they formed an individual subline of descent that was distantly related (<94 % similarity) to lineages defined by DSM 6150 and DSM 3764. On the basis of the phylogenetic and phenotypic distinctness of these novel chitin-degrading organisms, a new genus, , is proposed, with (type strain, S1=BCRC 17254=DSM 15459) as the type species.

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