How to identify and quantify the members of the Bacillus genus?

Xinming Xu, Ákos T. Kovács*

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Members of the Bacillus genus are widely distributed throughout natural environments and have been studied for decades among others for their physiology, genetics, ecological functions, and applications. However, despite its prevalence in nature, the characterization and classification of Bacillus remain challenging due to its complex and ever-evolving taxonomic framework. This review addresses the current state of the Bacillus taxonomic landscape and summarizes the critical points in the development of Bacillus phylogeny. With a clear view of Bacillus phylogeny as a foundation, we subsequently review the methodologies applied in identifying and quantifying Bacillus, while also discussing their respective advantages and disadvantages.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere16593
JournalEnvironmental Microbiology
Issue number2
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2024


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