The Family Pasteuriaceae

  • Erko Stackebrandt
Reference work entry


The species of the genus Pasteuria are rare examples in bacteriological systematics as their description is solely based on morphology, ultrastructure, and host relationships. As none of them can be grown axenically, the type strains of species have not been deposited in public service collections; most of them can be grown in the laboratory together with its host. Today, after the establishment of the Candidatus category, novel taxa are not described as species but receive the Candidatus status; e.g., Phylogenetically, Pasteuria forms a monophyletic clade within the Firmicutes, branching next the members of the family Thermoactinosporaceae. Recent literature on Pasteuria concentrates on bacterium-host relationships and ecology, and this contribution adds some of this information to the excellent contribution of Sayre and Starr, revised by Dickson et al. (2009) in Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, 2nd edition.


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  1. 1.Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbHBraunschweigGermany

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