Synonymy of DSM 23818 ( = NUM 1720) and JCM 18389 ( = LEN33) was suspected following multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA) of both type strains in a previous classification study, where they were found to share >99.6 % gene sequence similarity. The taxonomic relationship between these two strains was re-examined here using a polyphasic approach. A DNA–DNA hybridization value of 98 % confirmed that the two type strains belong to a single taxon, while the phenotypic profiles were found to be nearly identical. Therefore we propose as a later heterotypic synonym of , with the type strain as NUM 1720 ( = DSM 23818 = JCM 17201).

This study was supported by the:
  • Forestry Commission
  • Woodland Heritage
  • Monument Trust

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