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Higher order taxa

Domain – Phylum – Class – Order – Family – Genus


Species name and type strain (consult LPSN http://www.bacterio.net/index.html for this information)

Description and significance

Give a general description of the species (e.g. where/when was it first discovered, where is it commonly found, has it been cultured, functional role, type of bacterium [Gram+/-], morphology, etc.) and explain why it is important to study this microorganism. Examples of citations [1], [2]

Genome structure

Select a strain for which genome information (e.g. size, plasmids, distinct genes, etc.) is available.

Cell structure and metabolism

Cell wall, biofilm formation, motility, metabolic functions.


Aerobe/anaerobe, habitat (location in the oral cavity, potential other environments) and microbe/host interactions.


Do these microorganisms cause disease in the oral cavity or elsewhere?

Application to biotechnology

Bioengineering, biotechnologically relevant enzyme/compound production, drug targets,…

Current research

Summarise some of the most recent discoveries regarding this species.


References examples 1. [http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1462-2920.1999.00007.x/full Sahm, K., MacGregor, B.J., Jørgensen, B.B., and Stahl, D.A. (1999) Sulphate reduction and vertical distribution of sulphate-reducing bacteria quantified by rRNA slotblot hybridization in a coastal marine sediment. Environ Microbiol 1: 65-74.] 2. Human Oral Microbiome

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