Genome sequence of Janthinobacterium sp. strain PAMC 25724, isolated from alpine glacier cryoconite.

College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Korea University, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea.
Journal of bacteriology (Impact Factor: 2.69). 04/2012; 194(8):2096. DOI: 10.1128/JB.00096-12
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ABSTRACT The draft genome of Janthinobacterium sp. strain PAMC 25724, which is a violacein-producing psychrotolerant bacterium, was determined. The strain was isolated from glacier cryoconite of the Alps mountain permafrost region. The sequence will allow identification and characterization of the genetic determination of its cold-adaptive properties.

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