The taxonomic significance of the oxidation of carbon compounds by different strains ofMicrococcus luteus
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The oxidation of 17 carbon compounds by 13 strains ofMicrococcus luteus was studied. It was shown that all strains oxidized Na-acetate, Na-lactate, glycerol, glucose, galactose, sucrose, maltose and fructose. The oxidation of mannitol, sorbitol, xylose, ribose, rhamnose, starch, lactose and arabinose was variable. Dulcitol was not oxidized at all. We have shown that the species, considered byKocur andMartinec (1962) to be identical withM. luteus, possess the same oxidation pattern.
KeywordsGlucose Sucrose Starch Glycerol Xylose
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