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Bacillus Anthracis, Bacillus Cereus, and Other Aerobic Endospore-Forming Bacteria

Bacteriology

Organisms and Their Biology

  1. Niall A. Logan Senior Lecturer and, University Biological Safety Adviser

Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688618.taw0036

Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections

Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections

How to Cite

Logan, N. A. 2010. Bacillus Anthracis, Bacillus Cereus, and Other Aerobic Endospore-Forming Bacteria. Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections. .

Author Information

  1. Glasgow Caledonian University, Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Glasgow, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

Abstract

  • 1
    Definition
  • 2
    Taxonomy
  • 3
    Importance of the Aerobic Endospore-Formers
  • 4
    Habitats
  • 5
    Life Cycle
  • 6
    The Endospore
  • 7
    Antigens
  • 8
    Pathogenicity
  • 9
    Opportunistic Pathogens
  • 10
    Appendix: Stains
  • 11
    Appendix: Media
  • 12
    Acknowledgments

Keywords:

  • aerobic endospore-formers and their importance;
  • B. anthracis (anthrax), B. cereus (food poisoning and opportunistic infections);
  • sporeformers-deleterious agents and contaminants in food industry;
  • dormant spore to vegetative cell conversion-activation, germination and outgrowth;
  • spore antigens;
  • meningitis and any form of anthrax;
  • cutaneous anthrax-readily treated, and life-threatening in exceptional cases;
  • strains of B. thuringiensis and B. cereus diarrheal toxin