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Microbiology. 2003 Jan;149(Pt 1):1-7.

Prokaryote taxonomy of the 20th century and the impact of studies on the genus Pseudomonas: a personal view.

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Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rutgers University Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA. palleroni@aesop.rutgers.edu

Abstract

The taxonomic studies on the genus Pseudomonas performed in the Department of Bacteriology of the University of California at Berkeley played a significant rĂ´le in the development of modern prokaryote taxonomy, which started in the 1960s. This impact was due to a revival of the method of den Dooren de Jong for the nutritional analysis of chemoorganotrophic organisms and, mostly, to the introduction of the determination of rRNA as a method of taxonomic analysis. While the introduction of the nutritional studies facilitated the characterization of Pseudomonas and other chemoorganotrophs, the applicability of the rRNA studies extended to all prokaryotes.

PMID:
12576574
DOI:
10.1099/mic.0.25952-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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