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Abstract

Honey bees and bumble bees harbour a small, defined set of gut bacterial associates. Strains matching sequences from 16S rRNA gene surveys of bee gut microbiotas were isolated from two honey bee species from East Asia. These isolates were mesophlic, non-pigmented, catalase-positive and oxidase-negative. The major fatty acids were iso-C, iso-C 3-OH, C and C 3-OH. The DNA G+C content was 29–31 mol%. They had ∼87 % 16S rRNA gene sequence identity to the closest relatives described. Phylogenetic reconstruction using 20 protein-coding genes showed that these bee-derived strains formed a highly supported monophyletic clade, sister to the clade containing species of the genera and within the family of the phylum . On the basis of phenotypic and genotypic characteristics, we propose placing these strains in a novel genus and species: gen. nov., sp. nov. The type strain of is wkB301 ( = NRRL B-65307 = NCIMB 14986).

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