2019 Volume 34 Issue 1 Pages 104-107
Alcanivorax borkumensis is a ubiquitous marine bacterium that utilizes alkanes as a sole carbon source. We observed two phenotypes in the A. borkumensis SK2 type strain: rough (R) and smooth (S) types. The S type exhibited lower motility and higher polysaccharide production than the R type. Full genome sequencing revealed a mutation in the S type involved in cyclic-di-GMP production. The present results suggest that higher c-di-GMP levels in the S type control the biofilm forming behavior of this bacterium in a manner commensurate with other Gram-negative bacteria.