Isolation and distribution of iridescent Cellulophaga and other iridescent marine bacteria from the Charente-Maritime coast, French Atlantic

Betty Kientz, Hélène Agogué, CÉLINE LAVERGNE , Pauline Marié, Eric Rosenfeld

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Abstract

An intense colored marine bacterium, identified as Cellulophaga lytica, was isolated previously from a sea anemone surface on the Charente-Maritime rocky shore (Atlantic Coast, France), and iridescence of its colonies under direct light was recently described. In addition, iridescence intensities were found to differ strongly between C. lytica strains from different culture collections. However, importantly, the occurrence and distribution of iridescent bacteria in the marine environment were still unknown. Therefore, in this study, a search was undertaken for marine iridescent bacterial strains in different biotopes of the Charente-Maritime coast. Various marine samples (water, sediment, macroalgae, other macroorganisms and detritus) were collected from seven biotopes using a direct plate inoculation method. As a result, 34 iridescent strains related to the genus Cellulophaga, as well as 63 iridescent strains affiliated to the genera Tenacibaculum and Aquimarina, were isolated. Iridescent colors were different according to the genera but iridescent marine bacteria were widely distributed. However, a majority of strains were isolated from rocky shores and, in particular, red seaweed surfaces and mollusks. The data from the study suggested that isolates with iridescent properties were well conserved in stressful environments such as the coastal shoreline. This origin may provide an insight into the ecological and biological functions of iridescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-251
Number of pages8
JournalSystematic and Applied Microbiology
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Aquimarina
  • Bacteroidetes
  • Cellulophaga
  • Epibiont
  • Flavobacteriaceae
  • Iridescence
  • Iridescent bacteria
  • Marine bacteria
  • Rocky shore
  • Tenacibaculum

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