Molecular identification of rRNA group 3 bacilli (Ash, Farrow, Wallbanks and Collins) using a PCR probe test
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- Ash, C., Priest, F.G. & Collins, M.D. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1993) 64: 253. doi:10.1007/BF00873085
Comparative 16S rRNA sequence analysis has demonstrated that the genusBacillus consists of at least five phyletic lines. rRNA group 3 bacilli of Ash, Farrow, Wallbanks and Collins (1991) comprisingBacillus polymyxa and close relatives is phylogenetically so removed fromBacillus subtilis, the type species of the genus and other aerobic, endospore-forming bacilli that they warrant reclassification in a new genusPaenibacillus. The genusPaenibacillus can be readily distinguished from otherBacillus groups using a battery of phenotypic characters and a highly specific gene probe based on 16S rRNA.
Key wordsBacillus Paenibacillus rRNA probe
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