Current Microbiology

, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp 277–282

Serratia ficaria sp. nov., a bacterial species associated with Smyrna figs and the fig waspBlastophaga psenes


  • Patrick A. D. Grimont
    • Service des EntérobactériesInstitut Pasteur
  • Francine Grimont
    • Service des EntérobactériesInstitut Pasteur
  • Mortimer P. Starr
    • Department of BacteriologyUniversity of California

DOI: 10.1007/BF02602859

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Grimont, P.A.D., Grimont, F. & Starr, M.P. Current Microbiology (1979) 2: 277. doi:10.1007/BF02602859


Fourteen strains isolated from figs, caprifigs, and fig wasps collected in California and Tunisia, and from a small black ant in France, constitute a new DNA hybridization group that is 25–56% related toSerratia species, and 6–17% related to other species of Enterobacteriaceae. This homogeneous group (90% relatedness within the group) constitutes a new species that is namedSerratia ficaria sp. nov. (type strain, ICPB 4050, ATCC 33105). Strains of this species have a characteristic odor, similar to that ofS: odorifera andPseudomonas perolens. No strain ofS. ficaria has yet been recovered from clinical specimens.

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