A Microbial Biorealm page on the genus Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus
Higher order taxa
Bacteria; Proteobacteria; Deltaproteobacteria; Bdellovibrionales; Bdellovibrionaceae; Bdellovibrio
Description and significance
"Bdellovibrios" were discovered by Stolp and Petzhold in 1962, in an attempt to isolate bacteriophage from soil samples. Stolp and Petzhold observed unique plaques in their samples that took several days to develop and continued to grow for over a week, instead of plaques caused by bacteriophages that would appear within hours. A closer inspection of the plaques under a light microscope revealed cells that were small, highly motile, and vibrio-shaped. These cells were "Bdellovibrios".
After the discovery of "Bdellovibrios" further observations revealed many interesting and unique properties.
Cell structure and metabolism
Application to Biotechnology
Edited by student of Rachel Larsen and Hiu Cheng