f Generic Assignments, Strain Histories and Properties of Pure Cultures of Cyanobacteria
- Authors: Rosmarie Rippka, Josette Deruelles, John B. Waterbury*, Michael Herdman*, Roger Y. Stanier
- First Published Online: 01 March 1979, Microbiology 111: 1-61, doi: 10.1099/00221287-111-1-1
- Subject: Taxonomy
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Summary: On the basis of a comparative study of 178 strains of cyanobacteria, representative of this group of prokaryotes, revised definitions of many genera are proposed. Revisions are designed to permit the generic identification of cultures, often difficult through use of the field-based system of phycological classification. The differential characters proposed are both constant and readily determinable in cultured material. The 22 genera recognized are placed in five sections, each distinguished by a particular pattern of structure and development. Generic descriptions are accompanied by strain histories, brief accounts of strain properties, and illustrations; one or more reference strains are proposed for each genus. The collection on which this analysis was based has been deposited in the American Type Culture Collection, where strains will be listed under the generic designations proposed here.
Present address: Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543, U.S.A.
Present address: Department of Biological Sciences, The University, Dundee DD1 4HN.
© Society for General Microbiology 1979 | Published by the Microbiology Society
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