A polyphasic study was undertaken to establish the taxonomic status of a wheat-field soil isolate. The organism, strain 88, was found to have a range of chemical and morphological properties consistent with its classification in the genus . Phylogenetic analysis based on an almost-complete 16S rRNA gene sequence of the strain showed that it formed a monophyletic clade with the type strain of . However, the two strains shared low DNA–DNA relatedness. Strain 88 also had a profile of phenotypic properties that readily distinguished it from representatives of the species of with validly published names. It is evident from the combination of genotypic and phenotypic data that the organism should be classified within a novel species of the genus , for which the name sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is strain 88 (=CGMCC 4.3530 =JCM 14614).


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