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Scientific classification

Thrash and Coates 2012[1]


Acidobacteria is a phylum of bacteria. Its members are physiologically diverse and ubiquitous, especially in soils, but are under-represented in culture.[2][3][4]


Members of this phylum are physiologically diverse, and can be found in a variety of environments including soil, hot springs, oceans, caves, and metal-contaminated soils.[5] Many Acidobacteria are acidophilic, including the first described member of the phylum, Acidobacterium capsulatum.[6]

Other notable species are Holophaga foetida,[7] Geothrix fermentans,[8] Acanthopleuribacter pedis[9] and Bryobacter aggregatus.[10] Since they have only recently been discovered and the large majority have not been cultured, the ecology and metabolism of these bacteria is not well understood.[3] However, these bacteria may be an important contributor to ecosystems, since they are particularly abundant within soils.[11]

As well as their natural soil habitat, unclassified subdivision 2 Acidobacteria have also been identified as a contaminant of DNA extraction kit reagents, which may lead to their erroneous appearance in microbiota or metagenomic datasets.[12]

The G+C content of Acidobacteria genomes are consistent within their subdivisions - above 60% for group V fragments and roughly 10% lower for group III fragments.[3]


The first species, Acidobacterium capsulatum, of this phylum was discovered in 1991.[13] However, Acidobacteria were not recognized as a novel division until 1997,[6] and were not recognized as a phylum until 2012.[14]


The currently accepted taxonomy is based on the List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature (LPSN)[15][16] and the phylogeny is based on 16S rRNA-based LTP release 123 by The All-Species Living Tree Project.[17]


Acanthopleuribacter pedis Fukunaga et al. 2008


Geothrix fermentans Coates et al. 1999

Holophaga foetida Liesack et al. 1995


Bryobacter aggregatus Kulichevskaya et al. 2010

Paludibaculum fermentans Kulichevskaya et al. 2014


Acidobacterium capsulatum Kishimoto et al. 1991

Telmatobacter bradus Pankratov and Dedysh 2012


A. borealis Kulichevskaya et al. 2012 (type sp.)

A. ligni Kulichevskaya et al. 2012

Bryocella elongata Dedysh et al. 2012


E. aggregans Koch et al. 2008 emend. Dedysh et al. 2012

E. modestus Koch et al. 2008 (type sp.)

"Granulicella" mallensis Männistö et al. 2012


T. aquaticus Baik et al. 2013

T. roseus Eichorst et al. 2007 (type sp.)

T. saanensis Männistö et al. 2011

T. tenax Whang et al. 2014


G. cerasi Yamada et al. 2014

G. paludicola Pankratov and Dedysh 2010 (type sp.)

G. pectinivorans Pankratov and Dedysh 2010

G. sapmiensis Männistö et al. 2012

G. aggregans Pankratov and Dedysh 2010

G. tundricola Männistö et al. 2012

G. arctica Männistö et al. 2012

G. rosea Pankratov and Dedysh 2010

♠ Strains found at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) but not listed in the List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature (LSPN)


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  12. ^ Salter, Susannah J.; Cox, Michael J.; Turek, Elena M.; Calus, Szymon T.; Cookson, William O.; Moffatt, Miriam F.; Turner, Paul; Parkhill, Julian; Loman, Nicholas J. (2014-01-01). "Reagent and laboratory contamination can critically impact sequence-based microbiome analyses". BMC Biology. 12: 87. doi:10.1186/s12915-014-0087-z. ISSN 1741-7007. PMC 4228153. PMID 25387460.
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  17. ^ See the All-Species Living Tree Project [1]. Data extracted from the "16S rRNA-based LTP release 123 (full tree)" (PDF). Silva Comprehensive Ribosomal RNA Database. Retrieved 2016-09-09.

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