Telluria mixta

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Telluria mixta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Beta Proteobacteria
Order: Burkholderiales
Family: Oxalobacteraceae
Genus: Telluria
Binomial name
Telluria mixta
(Bowman et al. 1989)
Bowman et al. 1993

Pseudomonas mixta Bowman et al. 1989

Telluria mixta (formerly called Pseudomonas mixta) is a species of Gram-negative soil bacteria that actively degrades polysaccharides including dextran, inulin, pectate, starch, and xylan. The bacterium is straight-rod-shaped, 0.5 to 1.0 μm wide and usually 2 to 3 μm long, and can grow both lateral and polar flagella. Optimal growth is seen between 30 and 35°C, at a neutral pH, and with no salt present. Growth is totally inhibited in a sodium chloride concentration of 1.5% or more. A high level of nitrogenous carbon also inhibits growth.

The name generic name Telluria, meaning "from the earth", derives from Tellus, the Roman earth goddess.


International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, January 1993, pages 120-124

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