Folia Microbiologica

, 48:253

Effects of soil pH, temperature and water content on the growth ofBurkholderia pseudomallei


DOI: 10.1007/BF02930965

Cite this article as:
Chen, Y.S., Chen, S.C., Kao, C.M. et al. Folia Microbiol (2003) 48: 253. doi:10.1007/BF02930965


Optimum conditions were determined for the growth ofBurkholderia pseudomallei in natural soils or waters. It grows better in paddy soil, crop-covered and fallow field than in fresh and salty water. Although the optimal temperature and pH for the growth were 37 or 42 °C, and 6.5 or 7.5 in an environmental-mimicking soil medium, this bacterium can still grow at 4 °C, which was suggested to be related with the occurrence of melioidosis in some cold areas. In soil media with water content <15.B. pseudomallei did not grow until 60 d of incubation, suggesting that water contents of soils in which it dwelled would be one important factor in determining the growth rate.

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© Institute of Microbiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. S. Chen
    • 1
  • S. C. Chen
    • 2
  • C. M. Kao
    • 3
  • Y. L. Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Section of Infectious DiseaseVeterans General HospitalKaohsiung
  2. 2.Department of Medical TechnologyFooyin Institute of TechnologyTa-Liao, KaohsiungTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Environmental EngineeringNational Sun Yat-Sen UniversityChina