Assistant Professor of Biology Suegene Noh coauthored a paper recently published in the journal PeerJ titled “Endosymbiotic adaptations in three new bacterial species associated with Dictyostelium discoideum: Paraburkholderia agricolaris sp. nov., Paraburkholderia hayleyella sp. nov., and Paraburkholderia bonniea sp. Nov.”

Noh and her colleagues had discovered over the years that there are three species of bacteria in the genus Burkholderia that are found in close association with the amoeba (and biomedical model organism) Dictyostelium discoideum. In this paper, we describe the morphological and physiological characteristics of each of these species and show through genome comparisons and molecular phylogenies that they are distinct from other known Burkholderia species. Therefore, Noh said, they deserve new species status, and the researchers formally named them Burkholderia agricolarisBurkholderia hayleyella, and Burkholderia bonniea.