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Vet Microbiol. 1991 Jan;26(1-2):115-24.

Reclassification of German, British and Dutch isolates of so-called Pasteurella multocida obtained from pneumonic calf lungs.

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Institute of Avian Diseases, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen V, Denmark.


The taxonomic relationship of 131 strains previously identified as Pasteurella multocida obtained from calf pneumonia in West Germany, United Kingdom and Netherlands was investigated by extended phenotypic and limited genotypic characterization. Twenty-four strains were classified as P. multocida ssp. multocida, 15 strains as P. avium biovar 2 and 13 strains as P. canis biovar 2. Sixty-five and five strains were tentatively classified as ornithine negative P. multocida ssp. multocida and P. multocida ssp. septica, respectively. Genetic investigations showed that ornithine negative strains of P. multocida were related on species level. Less genomic binding was found between an ornithine negative strain of P. multocida ssp. septica and the type strains of the three subspecies of P. multocida. The taxonomic position of ornithine negative strains of P. multocida is still under investigation. The taxonomic position of the remaining nine strains is uncertain underlining the need for genotypic characterization within the genus Pasteurella to aid in defining single species by phenotypic tests.

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