Kyndt and Moore went fishing and caught a new publication!
On a vacation trip to New Mexico this summer Dr. Kyndt sampled some water from Dripping Springs in the Organ Mountains to look at the bacterial composition in this pristine natural area.
After returning to the labs at Bellevue University, he grew the samples on bacterial agar plates and noticed several bright orange colored colonies on one of the plates. Intrigued by this, he purified the bacteria and isolated its DNA. After genome sequencing, he found out that this species was closely related to species only found before in dead or diseased fish, so it appeared to be a potential fish pathogen. Since Dr. Moore is more of a fish person (he is an experienced fly fisherman) and knows more about cell infections in general, Dr. Kyndt invited him to join in this study. Together they did some more research and comparison with other species in this genus, which resulted in a new collaborative publication:
“Draft whole-genome sequence of a novel Chryseobacterium viscerum strain, isolated from fresh water at Dripping Springs, New Mexico.” was published this week in the journal Microbiology Resource Announcements. The new strain was designated Chryseobacterium viscerum DPS (for Dripping Springs).
Although this was an exciting find, since no one has ever found this species free living in nature, the most exciting part comes now as they are planning a student-led project to test the pathogenicity of this bacterium.
A more comprehensive metagenomic study of the water and soil samples from Dripping Springs, that looks at all the several hundred bacterial species in the samples, has also been submitted for publication in the journal Microbiology Resource Announcements and is currently under review. Undoubtedly these results will lead to further student research projects at Bellevue University.