Complete genome of isoprene degrading nocardioides sp. WS12

Lisa Gibson (Lead Author), Nasmille L. Larke-Mejía, Colin Murrell

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Isoprene is a climate-active gas whose wide-spread global production stems mostly from terrestrial plant emissions. The biodegradation of isoprene is carried out by a number of different bacteria from a wide range of environments. This study investigates the genome of a novel isoprene degrading bacterium Nocardioides sp. WS12, isolated from soil associated with Salix alba (Willow), a tree known to produce high amounts of isoprene. The Nocardioides sp. WS12 genome was fully sequenced, revealing the presence of a complete isoprene monooxygenase gene cluster, along with associated isoprene degradation pathway genes. Genes associated with rubber degradation were also present, suggesting that Nocardioides sp. WS12 may also have the capacity to degrade poly-cis-1,4-isoprene.
Original languageEnglish
Article number889
Number of pages8
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2020


  • Degradation
  • Genome
  • Isolate
  • Isoprene
  • Nocardioides
  • Rubber

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