Phylogenetic analysis of culturable marine bacteria in sediments from South Korean Yellow Sea

Natarajan Velmurugan, Duraisamy Kalpana, Jae Young Cho, Geon Hyoung Lee, Suk Hwan Park, Yang Soo Lee

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Biogeochemical and microbiological characterization of marine sediments taken from the Yellow Sea of South Korea was carried out. One hundred and thirty six bacterial strains were isolated, characterized and phylogenetic relationship was evaluated. The gene sequences of 16S rDNA regions were examined to study the phylogenetic analysis of bacterial community in the marine sediments. Among 136 isolates, 5 bacterial isolates were identified as novel members, remaining 131 isolates were fall into 5 major linkages of bacterial phyla represented as follows: Firmicutes, -@Proteobacteria, High G + C and Bacteroidetes. Bacterial community in sediments mainly dominated by Firmicute (58.77%) and followed by @-Proteobacteria (38.16%). @-Proteobacteria domain highly diverged and mainly consists of the genera Vibrio, Marinobacterium, Photobacterium, Pseudoalteromonas, Oceanisphaera, Halomonas, Alteromonas, Stenotrophomas and Pseudomonas. Total N and Organic matter content in Yellow Sea of South Korea were relatively high. The Total-N content in the sediments was varied from 177.31 to 1974.96 (mg/kg) and organic matter ranged from 0.82 to 4.23 (g/100 g-1). The current research work provides clear explanation obtained for the phylogenetic affiliation of the culturable bacterial community in sediments of South Korean Yellow Sea and revealed the relationship with biogeochemical characteristics of the sediments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-272
Number of pages12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • biogeochemical characterizations
  • marine bacterial diversity
  • marine sediments
  • phylogenetic relationship


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