A new bacterial species described from the salt water lake in India

-By Kranti Karande

A bacterial strain ( MEB193T )was isolated from the Lonar lake which is a notified national Geo-heritage monument situated in Buldhana district of Maharashtra, India .

As researchers collected the sample water, the water had a pH of 9.8 and a temperature of 28ºC. This bacterial strain represented as MEB193T was isolated on modified sea water agar.The strain was described as rod-shaped, motile and non-spore forming.

Dr. Amaraja Joshi, NCMR Pune
Dr. Amaraja Joshi NCMR, NCCS Pune

Dr. Amaraja Joshi’s group at NCMR, with Dr. Yogesh Shouche identified the taxonomy of this strain.

Based on draft genome sequence on the Illumina MiSeq platform, 16S rRNA gene sequencing and observable characteristics , they found that the strain MEB193T represents a new species of the genus Nitrincola . The strain name is proposed as Nitrincola tapanii sp. nov. , in the honour of Dr. Tapan Chakrabarti for his enormous contribution in the field of microbial taxonomy and systematics. Five species of the genus Nitrinicola were described before this research. In conclusion, a new species surviving in an alkaline environment was described by researchers.

Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31751193