Aminobacter anthyllidis, first report of legume symbionts in the genus Aminobacter.
In a recent paper, (Mainaud et al. 2012, sp. nov. Syst Appl Microbiol. 2012 Mar;35(2):65-72. Epub 2012 Jan 4.), Mainaud and colleagues isolated Aminobacter strains from the nodules of Anthyllis vulneraria growing in Zn–Pb mine tailings. These Aminobacter isolates exhibited nodA sequences tightly related with M. loti as the closest nodA relative. The novel bacterial strains efficient on A. vulneraria represented the first occurrence of legume symbionts in the genus Aminobacter. Furthermore, they represent a new species for which the name Aminobacter anthyllidis sp. nov. is proposed (type strain STM4645T = LMG26462T = CFBP7437T). Aminobacter classification: Alphaproteobacteria, Rhizobiales, Phyllobacteriaceae. (Thanks to P.J. Young for pointing out this interesting report)