Summary of Workshop-Part 2
“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.
KeywordsBacterial Species Microbial Diversity Biological Species Phototrophic Bacterium Polyphasic Approach
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