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Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Alphaproteobacteria
Order: Rhodobacterales
Family: Rhodobacteraceae
Genus: Rhodobacter
Imhoff et al. 1984[1]
Type species
Rhodobacter capsulatus

In taxonomy, Rhodobacter is a genus of the Rhodobacteraceae.[3] The most famous species of Rhodobacter is Rhodobacter sphaeroides and Rhodobacter capsulatus, which are used as model organisms to study bacterial photosynthesis.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Imhoff JF, Truper HG, Pfennig N. (1984). "Rearrangement of the species and genera of the phototrophic purple nonsulfur bacteria". Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 34 (3): 340–343. doi:10.1099/00207713-34-3-340. 
  2. ^ List of Prokaryotic Names with Standing in Nomenclature—Rhodobacter
  3. ^ Garrity GM, Holt JG. (2001). "Taxonomic Outline of the Archaea and Bacteria". In Boone DR, Castenholz RW.. Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology Volume 1: The Archaea and the deeply branching and phototrophic Bacteria (2nd ed.). New York: Springer Verlag. pp. 155–166. ISBN 978-0-387-98771-2. 

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