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Genome Announc. 2016 May-Jun; 4(3): e00512-16.
Published online 2016 June 16. doi:  10.1128/genomeA.00512-16
PMCID: PMC4911470

Draft Genome Sequence of “Rathayibacter tanaceti” Strain VKM Ac-2596 Isolated from Tanacetum vulgare Infested by a Foliar Nematode


The draft genome of “Rathayibacter tanaceti” VKM Ac-2596 is 3.17 Mb in size with an average G+C content of 70.7% and comprises at least two nonidentical copies of ribosomal small subunit (SSU-rRNA) genes. The semiconductor sequencing platform Ion Torrent was used.


The genus Rathayibacter comprises six validly described species, including plant pathogens (R. rathayi, R. iranicus, R. tritici and R. toxicus), which are transmitted to their host plants (cereals and grasses, Poaceae) by gall-forming nematodes of the genus Anguina (Anguinidae) (1, 2). Type strains of the two other Rathayibacter spp. have been isolated from Festuca rubra (Poaceae) infected by Anguina graminis and from Carex sp. (Cyperaceae) without any symptoms of nematode infestation (3). Unlike the above species, strain VKM Ac-2596 originates from a plant of the family Asteraceae, Tanacetum vulgare, infested by the foliar nematode Aphelenchoides fragariae (Aphelenchoididae). The strain exhibited 99.6% 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity to R. rathayi, R. iranicus, and R. tritici, while the concordant results from matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization–time of flight mass spectra clustering and multilocus phylogenetic analysis (gyrB, recA, rpoB, and ppk) suggest that it represents a novel species, provisionally named “Rathayibacter tanaceti” (unpublished data). The availability of the whole-genome sequence of this bacterium will facilitate insight into the genomic basis for the species delineation in plant-associated bacteria and the exploration of molecular mechanisms related to plant pathogenicity of Rathayibacter-nematode complexes.

The sequencing of strain VKM Ac-2596 was performed with the semiconductor genome analyzer Ion Torrent PGM (Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., USA) using a 400-bp sequencing kit and a 318 v2 chip. A total of 373,614 raw reads were assembled de novo into 331 contigs (17.0-fold peak coverage) using Newbler version 3.0 (454 Life Sciences Corporation, USA). The genome size is 3,168,884 bp with an average G+C content of 70.7%. The N50 contig is 20,949 bp, and the largest contig is 69,183 bp. The open reading frames and rRNA sequences were predicted and annotated using Prokka version 1.11 (4) with the Barrnap version 0.5 plugin ( A total of 3,209 protein-encoding genes (1,038 of which have no similarity to sequences in current databases), 52 tRNAs, 1 tmRNA, and 3 rRNAs were predicted. Apparently there was one copy of the SSU-rRNA gene, but the Sanger partial sequence revealed nucleotide ambiguity (A or G) at position 23 (accession no. KU891049). The mapping of PGM primary reads on the draft genome assembly (Bowtie2 version 2.2.3 [5]) showed that the average coverage was 35.8 for the SSU locus, whereas it was 18.7 for the total genome assembly. Relevant primary reads contained either A (36 reads) or G (14 reads) but neither T nor C. The data are indicative of the presence of at least two nonidentical 16S rRNA gene copies in the genome of the target strain. To our knowledge, only a single copy or two identical copies of the 16S rRNA gene have been revealed for Rathayibacter spp. so far. This follows from our survey of the rRNA operon copy number database (rrnDB) (6) and simple BLASTn search within the eight Rathayibacter genomes deposited at DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank (accession nos. GCA_000425325.1, GCA_000875675.1, GCA_001465855.1, GCA_000986985.1, GCA_001423045.1, GCA_001423885.1, GCA_001423005.1, and GCA_001423055.1). This paper reports the first case of the 16S rRNA gene ambiguity in Rathayibacter spp.

Nucleotide sequence accession numbers.

This whole-genome shotgun project has been deposited at DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank under the accession number LIIN00000000. The version described in this paper is the first version, LIIN01000000.


Sequencing was performed at the Postgenomics Research Laboratory, SRI PCM FMBA of Russian Federation. We are grateful to V. V. Babenko and E. S. Kostryukova for their kind assistance.

This work was financially supported by the grant RFBR 16-34-01048 mol_a.


Citation Vasilenko OV, Starodumova IP, Tarlachkov SV, Dorofeeva LV, Avtukh AN, Evtushenko LI. 2016. Draft genome sequence of “Rathayibacter tanaceti” strain VKM Ac-2596 isolated from Tanacetum vulgare infested by a foliar nematode. Genome Announc 4(3):e00512-16. doi:10.1128/genomeA.00512-16.


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