Avibacterium avium
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Phylum Proteobacteria, Class Gammaproteobacteria, Order Pasteurellales, Family Pasteurellaceae, Genus Avibacterium,  
Avibacterium avium Blackall, Christensen, Beckenham, Blackall and Bisgaard, 2005.
Old synonyms:
Haemophilus avium Hinz and Kunjara 1977, Pasteurella avium (Hinz and Kunjara 1977) Mutters, Piechulla, Hinz, and
Mannheim 1985
Coccoid to pleomorphic rods , singly, short chains or filamentous forms, nonmotile.
Colonies on chocolate agar are smooth, slightly yellowish or grayish-white,
nonhemolytic.
-biotype 1 strains require  V-factor
-biotype 2 strains are   V-factor independent
Growth on MacConkey is negative.
Have been isolated from hearts and infraorbital sinuses of chickens (biovar 1) and from  the lungs of calves with pneumonia (biovar 2).
Isolated from the lungs of calves with pneumonia (biovar 2).
  1. R. Mutters, H. Christensen, M. Bisgaard, 2004.Genus I.Pasteurella . In:  Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, Second
    edition,Vol two, part B, George M. Garrity (Editor-in-Chief),   pp. 857-866.
  2. W.M. Janda, R. Mutters  , 2006. Pasteurella, Mannheimia, Actinobacillus, Eikenella, Kingella, Capnocytophaga, and other
    miscellaneous Gram-negative rods. In: Topley & Wilson’s Microbiology and Microbial Infections, 10 edition, Vol. 2, Bacteriology,
    Edward Arnold Ltd.
  3. J. G.Holt et al., 1994.Bergey’s Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, 9-edition, Williams & Wilkins.
  4. P.J.Blackall, H.Christensen,T. Beckenham, L.Blackall and M.Bisgaard, 2005. Reclassification of Pasteurella gallinarum,
    [Haemophilus] paragallinarum, Pasteurella avium and Pasteurella volantium as Avibacterium gallinarum gen. nov., comb. nov.,
    Avibacterium paragallinarum comb. nov., Avibacterium avium comb. nov. and Avibacterium volantium comb. nov.International
    Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 55, 353-362.
Nitrates reduction, oxidase, alkaline phosphatase, catalase, D(-) fructose, D(+)
galactose,  acid from D(+) glucose, D(+) mannose, sucrose (saccharose), trehalose,
α-glucosidase (PNPG) = positive.

gelatinase, Voges-Proskauer, urease, arginine dehydrolase, lysine decarboxylase,
ornithine decarboxylase, indole, glycerol, xylitol, L(+) arabinose, D(-)arabinose,
dulcitol, meso-inositol, mannitol, D(-) sorbitol, L(-) fucose, L(+) rhamnose, L(-)
sorbose, cellobiose, lactose, ONPG, maltose, D(+) melibiose, raffinose, dextrin,
inulin, esculin, salicin = negative.

D(+)xylose  = variable. H2S positive, but negative on TSI. D(+) glucose fermented
without gas production.
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