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Appl Environ Microbiol. 1993 Mar;59(3):933-5. doi: 10.1128/aem.59.3.933-935.1993.

Diversity within a Colony Morphotype: Implications for Ecological Research.

Applied and environmental microbiology

D L Haldeman, P S Amy


  1. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-4004.

PMID: 16348901 PMCID: PMC202213 DOI: 10.1128/aem.59.3.933-935.1993


Sets of bacterial isolates with the same colony morphologies were selected from spread plates of bacteria from deep subsurface rock samples; each set had a unique morphology. API-rapid-NFT analysis revealed that isolates within a set were the same. Fatty acid methyl ester analysis of one set of isolates clustered organisms within the same species, defining variation between isolates at the biotype (subspecies) and strain levels. Metal resistances consistently tracked with colony morphology, while antibiotic resistances were less reliable.


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