16S rRNA and multilocus phylogenetic analysis of the iron oxidizing acidophiles of the acidiferrobacteraceae family

Issotta Francisco, Paulo C. Covarrubias, Moya Beltrán Ana, Bellenberg Sӧren, Thyssen Christian, Sand Wolfgang, Nuñez Harold, Mena Cristóbal, David S. Holmes, Quatrini Raquel, Vera Mario

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The family Acidiferrobacteraceae (order Acidiferrobacterales) currently contains three genera of chemolithoautotrophs: Sulfuricaulis (2016), Sulfurifustis (2015) and Acidiferrobacter (2011). While the two former are neutrophilic sulfur oxidizers isolated from lake sediments in Japan, the latter is an extremely acidophilic, moderately osmophilic, thermotolerant iron/sulfur oxidizer known to occur in macroscopic streamers in Rio Tinto, Spain and in acid waters worldwide. The type strains of both Sulfuricaulis limnicola (HA5T) and Sulfurifustis variabilis (skN76T) have been sequenced, and the draft genome of the ZJ isolate of Acidiferrobacter thiooxydans (MDCF01) has recently been deposited in public databases. Despite this fact, little evidence on the genomic diversity and evolution of this group has been presented so far. Using comparative genomic analyses and phylogenetic reconstruction strategies, we explored the evolutionary information contained in the available genome sequences to shed light on the taxonomic status of a novel isolate of the genus Acidiferrobacter (SP-III/3; DSM 27195).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium
EditorsSabrina Hedrich, Axel Schippers, Kathrin Rubberdt, Franz Glombitza, Wolfgang Sand, Wolfgang Sand, Mario Vera Veliz, Sabine Willscher
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Number of pages5
Volume262 SSP
ISBN (Print)9783035711806
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event22nd International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium, 2017 - Freiberg, Germany
Duration: 24 Sep 201727 Sep 2017

Publication series

NameSolid State Phenomena
Volume262 SSP
ISSN (Print)1012-0394
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9779


Conference22nd International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium, 2017


  • Acidiferrobacter thiooxydans. Acidiferrobacter SP-III/3
  • Comparative genomics
  • Phylogenetic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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