Biodiversity and antibacterial potential of cultivable halophilic actinobacteria from the deep sea sediments of active volcanic Barren Island.


Atal Centre for Ocean Science and Technology for Islands, National Institute of Ocean Technology, Port Blair, 744103, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. Electronic address: [Email]


Deep Sea sediment cores were collected from the surrounding of active volcanic Barren Island, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. A total of 123 cultivable marine actinobacteria were isolated and identified based on their biochemical and 16S rDNA sequences. The isolates were categorized under 10 genera, of which Streptomyces sp., Dietzia sp. and Brevibacterium sp. are the dominant genera. Of 123 isolates, 73 isolates exhibited appreciable inhibitory activity against both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria. High frequencies of positive PCR amplification were obtained for PKS-I (39.13%), PKS-II (56.52%) and NRPS (69.57%). The highest levels of biosynthetic systems were observed for NRPS and PKS-II. Majority of the actinobacterial isolates revealed excellent potential for bioprospecting of novel byproducts with industrial and pharmaceutical importance.


Antibacterial activity,Barren Island,Deep sea,Halophilic actinobacteria,Polyketide synthase,