- International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
- Volume 33, Issue 4
f Subspecific Taxonomy of Francisella tularensis McCoy and Chapin 1912 †
- Authors: N. G. OLSUFJEV, I. S. MESHCHERYAKOVA
- First Published Online: 01 October 1983, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 33: 872-874, doi: 10.1099/00207713-33-4-872
- Subject: Original Papers Relating To Systematic Bacteriology
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In this note we examine the nomenclature and extend the descriptions of the subspecies of Francisella tularensis McCoy and Chapin that were proposed by Olsufjev and Meshcheryakova (J. Hyg. Epidemiol. Microbiol. Immunol. 26:291–299, 1982) but have not been validated by publication or listing in the International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology. Biochemical, pathological, ecological, and geographical characteristics are used to define three subspecies within F. tularensis; these are F. tularensis subsp. tularensis (McCoy and Chapin) subsp. nov. (type strain, GIEM Schu), F. tularensis subsp. holarctica Olsufjev and Meshcheryakova 1982, 296 (type strain, GIEM 503), and F. tularensis subsp. mediasiatica (Aikimbaev 1966) Olsufjev and Meshcheryakova 1982, 296 (type strain, GIEM 543). F. tularensis subsp. holarctica includes three biovars, I Erys (erythromycin susceptible), II Eryr (erythromycin resistant), and japonica. The now avirulent type strain of F. tularensis McCoy and Chapin (strain B-38 [= ATCC 6223]) is not totally characteristic of F. tularensis subsp. tularensis, and that is why another type strain is proposed for this subspecies.
The proposals in this paper were made at the meeting of the United Problem Committee for Medical Microbiology, 10 June 1981, Gorkii, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and at the meeting of the USSR Committee on Taxonomy and Nomenclature of Pathogenic Bacteria, Protozoa and Fungi, 24 March 1982, Moscow, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Copyright © 1983 International Union of Microbiological Societies | Published by the Microbiology Society
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