Current Microbiology

, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp 277–282 | Cite as

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

  • Patrick A. D. Grimont
  • Francine Grimont
  • Mortimer P. Starr


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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick A. D. Grimont
    • 1
  • Francine Grimont
    • 1
  • Mortimer P. Starr
    • 2
  1. 1.Service des EntérobactériesInstitut PasteurParis Cedex 15France
  2. 2.Department of BacteriologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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