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${it Deinococcus aetherius}$ sp. nov., isolated from the stratosphere

Yang, Y.*; Ito, Takashi*; Yokobori, Shinichi*; Shimada, Haruo*; Itahashi, Shiho*; Sato, Katsuya; Oba, Hirofumi*; Narumi, Issei; Yamagishi, Akihiko*

A pink pigmented, non-motile, coccoid bacterial strain, ST0316, was isolated from dust samples collected from the stratosphere in Japan. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that it belonged to the genus ${it Deinococcus}$. DNA G+C content, desiccation tolerance, and resistance to $$gamma$$-rays and UV radiation supported the affiliation of strain ST0316 to the genus ${it Deinococcus}$. Strain ST0316 diverged from recognized species of the genus ${it Deinococcus}$, showing less than 93% similarity values to its closest relatives ${it Deinococcus apachensis}$, ${it D. aerius}$, ${it D. geothermalis}$ and ${it D. murrayi}$. We propose a new species of the genus ${it Deinococcus}$, ${it Deinococcus aetherius}$ sp. nov.



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