Logo of applmicroPermissionsJournals.ASM.orgAEM ArticleJournal InfoAuthorsReviewers
Appl Microbiol. 1975 Jul; 30(1): 29–32.
PMCID: PMC187108

Incidence of Listeria monocytogenes in Nature


During a research project on the occurrence of Listeria monocytogenes 194 strains were isolated in southern West Germany during the years 1972 to 1974: 154 from soil and plant samples (20.3%), 16 from feces of deer and stag (15.7%), 9 from old moldy fodder and wildlife feeding grounds (27.2%), and 8 from birds (17.3%). The highest number of isolates was obtained from uncultivated fields. The beta-hemolytic serovars 1/2b and 4b were predominant; other serovars (some of them identified for the first time), including nonhemolyzing strains, have been encountered frequently. It is suggested that Listeria monocytogenes is a saprophytic organism which lives in a plant-soil environment and therefore can be contracted by humans and animals via many possible routes from many sources.

Full text

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (543K), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

Selected References

These references are in PubMed. This may not be the complete list of references from this article.
  • Beerens H, Tahon-Castel MM. Milieu à l'acide nalidixique pour l'isolement des streptocoques, D. pneumoniae, listeria, erysipelothrix. Ann Inst Pasteur (Paris) 1966 Jul;111(1):90–93. [PubMed]
  • GRAY ML. A rapid method for the detection of colonies of Listeria monocytogenes. Zentralbl Bakteriol Orig. 1957 Sep;169(5-6):373–377. [PubMed]
  • Gray ML, Killinger AH. Listeria monocytogenes and listeric infections. Bacteriol Rev. 1966 Jun;30(2):309–382. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Kampelmacher EH, van Noorle Jansen LM. Uber die Isolierung von L. monocytogenes bei klinisch gesunden Personen. Zentralbl Bakteriol Orig A. 1972 Jul;221(1):70–77. [PubMed]
  • Martin JD, Mundt JO. Enterococci in insects. Appl Microbiol. 1972 Oct;24(4):575–580. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Seeliger HP. Serovariants of Listeria monocytogenes and other Listeria species. Acta Microbiol Acad Sci Hung. 1975;22(2):179–181. [PubMed]
  • Seeliger HP, Winkhaus-Schindl I, Andries L, Viebahn A. Die Isolierung von Listeria monocytogenes aus Stuhl-, Klärschlamm- und Erdproben. Pathol Microbiol (Basel) 1965;28(4):590–601. [PubMed]
  • Welshimer HJ. Isolation of Listeria monocytogenes from vegetation. J Bacteriol. 1968 Feb;95(2):300–303. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Welshimer HJ, Donker-Voet J. Listeria monocytogenes in nature. Appl Microbiol. 1971 Mar;21(3):516–519. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

Articles from Applied Microbiology are provided here courtesy of American Society for Microbiology (ASM)


Related citations in PubMed

See reviews...See all...

Cited by other articles in PMC

See all...


  • PubMed
    PubMed citations for these articles
  • Substance
    PubChem Substance links

Recent Activity

Your browsing activity is empty.

Activity recording is turned off.

Turn recording back on

See more...