Phylum Firmicutes, Class Bacilli, Order Bacillales, Family Bacillaceae, Genus Bacillus, Bacillus endophyticus Reva, Smirnov,
Petterson and Priest 2002.
Gram-positive, nonmotile rods, 0.5-1.5 x 2.5-3.5 µm, producing subterminally /
terminally, ellipsoidal endospores in unswollen sporangia. Vacuoles are formed in
the cytoplasm of cells grown on media containing 2% glucose
Colonies are slimy or rough, usually white, occasionally pink or red, 1-3 mm in
diameter. Aerobic. Grow at pH 7 and in 2 - 10 % NaCl. Growth temperature 10 to 55
ºC (28 ºC optimum). Allantoin, urate or NaCl are not required for growth.
Isolated from inner tissues of healthy cotton plants (Gossypium sp., Dushanbe, Tajikistan). Grow in the presence of lysozyme.
- N.A. Logan and P. De Vos, 2009. Genus I. Bacillus Cohn 1872. In: (Eds.) P.D. Vos, G. Garrity, D. Jones, N.R. Krieg, W. Ludwig, F.
A. Rainey, K.-H. Schleifer, W.B. Whitman. Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, Volume 3: The Firmicutes, Springer, 21-127.
- Reva O.N., Smirnov V.V., Petterson B. and Priest F. G., 2002. Bacillus endophyticus sp. nov., isolated from the inner tissue of
cotton plants (Gossypium sp.). IJSEM 52, 101-107.
Positive results for beta-galactosidase, oxidase, catalase, utilization of citrate as sole
carbon source, acid production from: L-arabinose, D-glucose, D-mannitol, D-mannose,
meso-inositol, melibiose, rhamnose, ribose & sucrose.
Negative results for arginine dihydrolase, deamination of phenylalanine, hydrolysis of urea, hydrolysis of gelatin, egg yolk reaction,
indole, nitrate reduction, hydrolysis of casein, hydrolysis of starch, Voges-Proskauer test, acid production from: adonitol, galactose,
glycerol, glycogen, lactose, melezitose & trehalose.
Variable for raffinose & D-xylose acidification.
(c) Costin Stoica