(Austin and Goodfellow 1979)
Green and Bousfield 1983
Pseudomonas mesophilica Austin and Goodfellow 1979
Methylobacteria are typically slow-growing and produce pink-pigmented colonies. Pink pigmentation is the primary diagnostic characteristic used in the initial isolation of Methylobacteria. With extended incubation, pink colonies often take on a coral hue. M. mesophilicum and M. zatmanii are the two most commonly reported species isolated in clinical samples.
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