RETRACTED ARTICLE: Ecological Significance of Microdiversity: Coexistence Among Casing Soil Bacterial Strains Through Allocation of Nutritional Resource
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A combination of cultivation-based methods with a molecular biological approach was employed to investigate whether bacteria with identical 16S rRNA gene sequences can represent distinct eco- and genotypes. A set of eight bacterial strains wherein three were Pseudomonas putida and rest were Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, were isolated from casing soils community by conventional plating. These strains had identical 16S rRNA gene sequences and represented the dominant phylotype in the plateable fraction. Each strain utilized a specific combination of 154 carbon substrates, and the niche overlap indices were low, suggesting that each strain occupied a different ecological niche. Our results have implications for assessment of the diversity and biogeography of bacteria and increase the perception of natural diversity beyond the level of 16S rRNA gene sequences. It is worthwhile approach to explore prokaryotic diversity in different ecological niches.
KeywordsMicrodiversity Ecophysiology 16S rRNA sequencing Pseudomonas putida Acinetobacter calcoaceticus
This work was performed at Department of Biotechnology, BU, Bhopal with kind cooperation of Dr. Anil Prakash, Head, Department of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics Centre, Bhopal.
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