Phylum Firmicutes, Class Bacilli, Order Bacillales, Family Bacillaceae, Genus Bacillus, Bacillus altitudinis Shivaji, Chaturvedi, Suresh,
Reddy, Dutt, Wainwright, Narlikar and Bhargava 2006.
Description is based upon a single isolate.
Gram-positive, motile rods.
Colonies are white, with a regular margin, convex, 2-3 mm in diameter. Grow on
nutrient agar. Aerobic growth, pH range 6-8. Growth temperature 20-40 ºC. Grow in
Isolated from cryogenic tubes used for collecting air samples from high altitudes.
Resistant to UV radiation.
Resistant to lincomycin (15 µg), ampicillin (25 µg), novobiocin (30 mg), ciprofloxacin(30 µg), amikacin (30 µg).
- S. Shivaji, P. Chaturvedi, K. Suresh, G.S.N. Reddy, C.B.S. Dutt, M. Wainwright, J.V. Narlikar and P.M. Bhargava, 2006. Bacillus aerius
sp. nov., Bacillus aerophilus sp. nov., Bacillus stratosphericus sp. nov. and Bacillus altitudinis sp. nov., isolated from cryogenic tubes
used for collecting air samples from high altitudes. IJSEM 56, 1465-1473.
Positive results for oxidase, catalase, lysine decarboxylase, beta-galactosidase,
degradation of tyrosine, hydrolysis of starch, hydrolysis of esculin, hydrolysis of gelatin,
amylase, acid production from: D-arabinose, D-glucose, D-mannitol & D-xylose.
Negative results for arginine dihydrolase, indole production, hydrolysis of urea, nitrate
reduction, hydrolysis of casein, Voges-Proskauer test, citrate utilization & lipase.
(c) Costin Stoica