A Gram-positive, non-motile, pale-yellow, short rod-shaped bacterium, strain DCY26, was isolated from soil of a ginseng field in South Korea and was investigated to determine its taxonomic position. The organism grew optimally at 30–37 °C. The G+C content of its DNA was 65.8 mol%. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences revealed that strain DCY26 was related most closely to species of the genus , in the family . Strain DCY26 showed highest 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity to DSM 20527 (96.3 %), DSM 20542 (96.2 %), LMG 3645 (96.2 %), DSM 20528 (96.1 %), DSM 20512 (96.1 %) and DSM 14013 (95.3 %). The predominant menaquinone of strain DCY26 was MK-9. Other chemotaxonomic data also supported the affiliation of strain DCY26 to the genus . On the basis of its phenotypic properties and phylogenetic distinctiveness, strain DCY26 is considered to represent a novel species of the genus , for which the name sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is DCY26 (=KCTC 13163 =JCM 14773).


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