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First high-quality draft genome of Ochrobactrum haematophilum P6BS-III, a highly glyphosate-tolerant strain isolated from agricultural soil in Argentina

  • Francisco Massot
  • Panagiotis Gkorezis
  • Breanne McAmmond
  • Jan d’Haen
  • Jonathan Van Hamme
  • Luciano J. Merini
  • Jaco Vangronsveld
  • Sofie ThijsEmail author
Genome Reports


We report here on a high-quality draft genome sequence of Ochrobactrum haematophilum strain P6BS-III (DSM 106071), a Gram negative, non-sporulating bacterium isolated from a pastureland (Buenos Aires province, Argentina) which had been chronically exposed to the herbicide glyphosate. The genome of 5.25 Mb with a DNA G+C content of 56.63% size was estimated to contain 5,291 protein coding genes and 57 RNA genes. Genome analysis revealed the presence of the phn operon, which is involved in the phosphonate degradation pathway, and a class II 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSP) that confers tolerance to glyphosate. Genes related to plant growth promotion traits are also present, and include genes for phosphorus metabolism, calcium phosphate and phytate solubilization, siderophore production, organic acid biosynthesis and indole acetic acid (IAA) production.


Glyphosate Ochrobactrum haematophilum 5-Enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase Soil contamination Plant growth promotion 







Clusters of orthologous genes



FM is supported through the joint PhD BOF program of Hasselt University and together with ST financially supported by the Methusalem project 08M03VGRJ. BM and JVH are supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, Centre for Environmental SciencesHasselt UniversityDiepenbeekBelgium
  2. 2.Departamento de Microbiología, Inmunología, Biotecnología y Genética, Cátedra de Biotecnología, Facultad de Farmacia y BioquímicaUniversidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Instituto de Nanobiotecnología (NANOBIOTEC)CONICET-Universidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina
  4. 4.Department of Biological SciencesThompson Rivers UniversityKamloopsCanada
  5. 5.Laboratorio de Malezas y HerbicidasEEA Anguil-INTA- CONICETLa PampaArgentina
  6. 6.Institute for Material Research (IMO-IMEC)Hasselt UniversityDiepenbeekBelgium

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