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Identification og unknown bacterium from Ganges ("wierd bacterium")

JEDilworth bactitech at nospamhortonsbay.com
Thu May 8 13:37:32 EST 2003

Hate to say I told you so........but it just didn't sound like a gram negative to

Bacillus will only sporulate under adverse conditions. If you're providing it with
breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a great plate, it has no need to form spores.

Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)
Microbiology (Clinical) 28 years

Trond Erik Vee Aune wrote:

> Yes, it was highly motile and swarmed in a very fascinating way. That's
> why I decided to identify it. I looked for spores in the microscope, but
> couldn't see any, so maybe the cells were in the wrong growth phase.
> Trond Erik
> >>>Anyway, I got very good match against Paenibacillus alvei. According to
> >>web-resources this genus do produce different types of antibiotics as
> >>well as being able to swarm in different ways
> >>(http://ijs.sgmjournals.org/cgi/reprint/49/1/239.pdf). The strange thing
> >>is that it is not a gram negative bug as I thought after staining, but
> >>one of you microbiologists suggested that I was a Bacillus strain, so I
> >>guess we geneticists are much better at sequencing than staining ;)
> >>Anyway, I'm pretty pleased that I finally got an identification, but of
> >>course a little disappointed that it wasn't a new bacterium

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