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Front. Microbiol., 08 November 2016
Sec. Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology
Volume 7 - 2016 |

Genome Sequence of Pseudomonas koreensis CRS05-R5, an Antagonistic Bacterium Isolated from Rice Paddy Field

Haiyan Lin1,2, Shikai Hu1, Ruifang Liu1,2, Ping Chen1, Changwei Ge1, Bo Zhu3 and Longbiao Guo1*
  • 1State Key Lab for Rice Biology, China National Rice Research Institute, Hangzhou, China
  • 2Agricultural Genomes Institute at Shenzhen, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Shenzhen, China
  • 3Zhejiang Province Key Laboratory of Plant Secondary Metabolism and Regulation, College of Life Science, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, China


Pseudomonas koreensis, a new nominated Gram-negative bacterium was first reported and isolated from Korean agricultural soil (Kwon et al., 2003). CRS05-R5 (first reported as Pseudomonas sp.), which showed biocontrol ability against Sitophilus oryzae and Acidovorax avenae subsp. avenae (Liu et al., 2014), was first isolated from the rice rhizosphere in Heilongjiang province and reported in 2003 (Xie et al., 2003). Except for that, this species has been reported to produce the biosurfactant, which has biocontrol ability against Phytophthora infestans and Pythium ultimum (Hultberg et al., 2010a,b). These interesting features raise our attention on CRS05-R5. Recently, we sequenced the 16S rRNA sequence from CRS05-R5 and built the phylogenetic tree (Figure S1). Based on that, we confirmed that CRS05-R5 should be classified as P. koreensis. However, only one genome was sequenced (D26) and no detailed analysis was performed on this species. In this case, we did whole-genome sequencing on CRS05-R5, and tried to reveal the possible mechanism behind its antagonistic ability.


Genomic DNA Isolation

Single colony of CRS05-R5 was inoculated into 5 ml NB (Nutrient Broth, BD, USA) at 30°C with 180 rpm vigorous shaking. 2.5 ml of culture broth was used to isolate the genomic DNA. DNA was extracted by Wizard Genomic DNA Purification Kit (Promega, Madison, WI, USA). The quality of purified genomic DNA was tested by using NanoDrop 2000 UV-Vis spectrophotometer (Thermo Scientific, MA, USA) and Qubit 2.0 fluorometer (Life Technologies, MA, USA), respectively.

Whole Genome Sequencing and Annotation

Whole genome sequencing of CRS05-R5 was carried out by using PacBio RS II platform. Six hundred Megabytes raw data was obtained with 100X coverage. After quality control, genome assembly was de novo assembled using HGAP assembly protocol, which is available with the SMRT Analysis packages and accessed through the SMRT Analysis Portal version 2.1. Genome annotation was later done by using RAST annotation system (Overbeek et al., 2014). The completeness of the assembled genome was tested by CheckM with default parameters (Parks et al., 2015). In addition, GO and COG programs were used to do further functional analysis of all annotated ORFs (Ashburner et al., 2000; Tatusov et al., 2000). Specifically, since antagonistic bacteria, especially fluorescent pseudomonads, usually compete with other microorganisms by using secondary metabolism (Haas and Défago, 2005), genes, which are predicted to be involved in secondary metabolism were compared with DoBISCUIT database (Ichikawa et al., 2013). The circular genome map of CRS05-R5 including all predicted ORFs with COG functional assignments, rRNA, tRNA, G+C content, and GC skew information were generated using Circos (Krzywinski et al., 2009), as shown in Figure S2.

Genome Comparison

Genome comparison among CRS05-R5 and other fully sequenced Pseudomonas genomes were carried out by using ANI (average nucleotide identity) and AF (alignment fraction), which were calculated by ANIcalculator (Varghese et al., 2015), and Circos (Krzywinski et al., 2009). In order to find out the unique genes in CRS05-R5, all the fully sequenced Pseudomonas genomes were downloaded from NCBI (58 genomes). The protein sequences from CRS05-R5 were compared with the protein sequences from these 58 genomes with 40% identity as cutoff. The protein sequences which cannot find any homologs in these 58 genomes were classified as unique genes.

Direct Link to Deposited Data and Information to Users

This strain has been deposited in CGMCC with deposit number 1.15630. This genome sequencing project has been deposited at DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank under the Accession Number CP015852. The BioProject designation for this project is PRJNA322127.

Interpretation of Data Set

General Genome Sequence Property

The total size of the genome is 5,991,224 bp and has a G+C content of 60.6%. The completeness and contamination of this genome is 99.86% and 0.05% after running the CheckM. These results indicate the high quality of assembled genome. A total of 5352 CDSs were predicted. Of these, 3832 could be assigned to a COG number. The most abundant COG category was “General function prediction only” (581 proteins) followed by “Signal transduction mechanisms” (547 proteins), “Amino acid transport and metabolism” (539 proteins), “Transcription” (448 proteins), and “Function unknown” (302 proteins). In addition, 82 RNAs including rRNA and tRNA were identified. All the genomic information was shown in Table 1.


Table 1. Genome statistics.

Secondary Metabolism in CRS05-R5

Biosurfactants are amphiphilic compounds produced by microorganisms (Mulligan, 2005). This compound, which is produced by Pseudomonas spp., has been widely used in biocontrol (Debode et al., 2007). In CRS05-R5 genome, more than 800 genes are predicted to be involved in secondary metabolism by comparing with DoBISCUIT database (Ichikawa et al., 2013). Interestingly, we found one gene cluster, which is annotated as cyclic lipopeptides (CLPs), exists in CRS05-R5 (arfABC). CLP is a kind of biosurfactant, and has been proved to be important in antagonistic Pseudomonas sp. (Raaijmakers et al., 2006). This information indicates that CRS05-R5 can be used as biocontrol agent.

Genome Comparison

Strikingly, we found even the ANI value between CRS05-R5 and P. koreensis D26 is only 92.5% (Figure S3). Also, the highest AF value is only 74.2% (Table S1). Indeed, 631 CDSs were predicted to be unique genes existing in CRS05-R5 genome. These results indicate the huge genome diversity among Pseudomonas strains, which is consistent with previous findings (Loper et al., 2012). Circos result found many unique genes in CRS05-R5 (Figure 1). To better understand the features of these genes, Pseudomonas database was used to deeply annotate these genes (Winsor et al., 2011). Except for a lot of hypothetical proteins, we found one gene cluster encoding fimbrial associated proteins only existing in CRS05-R5 (A8L59_09240–A8L59_09310). These genes have been reported to be critical for the initial stage of biofilm development (Wei and Ma, 2013). Except for this gene cluster, we also found three rhs genes exist as the unique genes in CRS05-R5 (A8L59_00750, A8L59_09890, and A8L59_11585). These genes have been found to be linked to the second type VI secretion cluster in P. aeruginosa (Jones et al., 2014). Also, these genes have been reported to mediate intercellular competition (Koskiniemi et al., 2013). More strikingly, one rhs gene is located in a unique gene cluster (A8L59_11555–A8L59_11600). Although, most of the genes are hypothetical proteins, we may infer that this cluster maybe related with secretions. Indeed, by searching with TMHMM Server v. 2.0, which is a transmembrane helices prediction database (, we found that 3 genes (A8L59_11560, A8L59_11565, and A8L59_11600) have predicted transmembrane helices. Since biofilm and intercellular competition are very important for bacterial survival and adaptation, we infer that these genes may confer some fitness advantages for CRS05-R5 on the root of Oryza sativa. Also, we found one unique gene cluster (A8L59_18500–A8L59_18575), which encodes wbpL and other glycosyl transferase. These genes have been confirmed to be important in lipopolysaccharide formation (Rocchetta et al., 1998). These compounds have been proved to be important in plant roots colonization (Duijff et al., 1997) as well as induction of systemic resistance against some plant pathogens (Leeman et al., 1995). All these results strongly indicate the biocontrol potential of CRS05-R5 strain.


Figure 1. Circular map of the chromosome of P. koreensis CRS05-R5 and other fully sequenced Pseudomonas genomes. The tracks from the inside to outside: GC Content, GC Skew, P. koreensis CRS05-R5, P. koreensis D26, P. aeruginosa B136-33, P. aeruginosa c7447 m, P. aeruginosa DK2, P. aeruginosa LES431, P. aeruginosa LESB58, P. aeruginosa M18, P. aeruginosa MTB-1, P. aeruginosa NCGM2.S1, P. aeruginosa PA1, P. aeruginosa PA1R, P. aeruginosa PA7, P. aeruginosa PAO1-VE13, P. aeruginosa PAO1-VE2, P. aeruginosa PAO1, P. aeruginosa PAO581, P. aeruginosa RP73, P. aeruginosa SCV20265, P. aeruginosa UCBPP-PA14, P. denitrificans ATCC 13867, P. entomophila L48, P. fluorescens A506, P. fluorescens Pf0-1, P. fluorescens SBW25, P. fulva 12-X, P. mendocina NK-01, P. mendocina ymp, P. monteilii SB3078, P. monteilii SB3101, P. poae RE1-1-14, P. protegens CHA0, P. protegens Pf-5, P. putida DOT-T1E, P. putida F1, P. putida GB-1, P. putida H8234, P. putida HB3267, P. putida KT2440, P. putida NBRC 14164, P. putida ND6, P. putida S16, P. putida W619, P. resinovorans NBRC 106553, Pseudomonas sp. TKP, Pseudomonas sp. UW4, Pseudomonas sp. VLB120, P. stutzeri A1501, P. stutzeri ATCC 17588, P. stutzeri CCUG 29243, P. stutzeri DSM 10701, P. stutzeri DSM 4166, P. stutzeri RCH2, P. syringae pv. phaseolicola 1448A, P. syringae pv. syringae B728a, P. syringae pv. tomato DC3000, P. brassicacearum subsp. Brassicacearum NFM421, P. fluorescens F113.

Author Contributions

HL performed the experiments and write the manuscript. SH and RL helped in data analysis. PC, CG, and BZ coordinated the work and drafted the manuscript. LG conceived the work.


This work was supported by grants from the Natural Science Fund of China (grant No. 31521064), and the Chinese 973 Program (2013CBA01405).

Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.


We thank Dr. Weijie Song for sequencing at Biology Technology Company of Guhe.

Supplementary Material

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Table S1. The fraction of orthologous genes (Alignment Fraction, AF) value between CRS05-R5 and other Pseudomonas genomes.

Figure S1. Phylogenetic relationships based on 16S rRNA gene sequences were determined by the neighbor-joining method with the program package MEGA 6.0 (Tamura et al., 2013). Bootstrap confidence values were obtained using 1000 resamplings. The tree shows the positions of strains CRS05-R5 and other selected Pseudomonas strains. Numbers at nodes indicate percentages of occurrence in 1000 bootstrapped trees; only values >50% are shown. Bar, 0.005 substitutions per site.

Figure S2. Graphical map of the chromosome genome of P. koreensis CRS05-R5. From the outside to the center: genes on forward stand and Genes on reverse strand (color by COG categories), RNA genes (tRNAs green, rRNAs red, ncRNAs black), GC content, GC skew.

Figure S3. Heatmap of Average Nucleotide Identity (ANI) between CRS05-R5 and all the other sequenced Pseudomonas genomes.


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Keywords: biocontrol, Pseudomonas koreensis, PacBio, secondary metabolism, unique gene

Citation: Lin H, Hu S, Liu R, Chen P, Ge C, Zhu B and Guo L (2016) Genome Sequence of Pseudomonas koreensis CRS05-R5, an Antagonistic Bacterium Isolated from Rice Paddy Field. Front. Microbiol. 7:1756. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01756

Received: 02 August 2016; Accepted: 19 October 2016;
Published: 08 November 2016.

Edited by:

John R. Battista, Louisiana State University, USA

Reviewed by:

Seong Woon Roh, Korea Basic Science Institute, South Korea
Asaf Levy, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA

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*Correspondence: Longbiao Guo,

These authors have contributed equally to this work.