Summary of Workshop-Part 2

Microbial Species
  • Erko Stackebrandt


“A bacterial species is what a taxonomist believes it is, in the broad sense.” In the last century, microbiologists followed the system of botanists because early microbiologists were botanists and, of course, adopted the same concepts. During the next 70–80 years, shortcomings of this approach were noted, i.e., descriptions of species based solely on phenotype is of limited value; bacterial species usually do not provide enough information to detect differences; and biological species may not exist among bacteria. At the end of 1970, there were about 45,000 described species of bacteria. The majority of these species were misclassified.


Bacterial Species Microbial Diversity Biological Species Phototrophic Bacterium Polyphasic Approach 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erko Stackebrandt
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  1. 1.DSM-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbHBraunschweigGermany

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