Spray-on New Species
Top 10 New Species of 2009
Image by Erik Holsinger
Name: Microbacterium hatanonis
Common Name: None
How it made the Top 10: Surprisinigly, this new species of extremophile bacteria was discovered in hairspray.
Reference: Bakir, M.A., T. Kudo & Y. Benno. 2008. Microbacterium hatanonis sp. nov., isolated as a contaminant of hairspray. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 58: 654-658.
Type Material: "The type strain, FCC-01T (=JCM 14558T =DSM 19179T), was isolated from hairspray."
Type Locality: None specified
Etymology: This new species is named in honor of Dr Kazunori Hatano, "for his contribution to the understanding of the genus Microbacterium."