Species and Strain Identification Methods

Authored by: David T. Jones , Stefanie Keis

Handbook on Clostridia

Print publication date:  March  2005
Online publication date:  March  2005

Print ISBN: 9780849316180
eBook ISBN: 9780203489819
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One of the principal objectives of bacterial classification systems is to provide a reliable framework for the identification and classification of new isolates or unknown bacteria. An overarching goal in bacterial taxonomy has been the establishment of a natural phylogenetic classification that reflects the evolutionary pathways and history of individual groups of bacteria and provides insights with respect to their phylogeny and evolutionary relationships [13]. In practical terms, a phylogenetic-based classification system affords considerable advantage in providing greater stability for taxons, thereby reducing the often drastic rearrangements that have occurred with phenotypic-based systems used in the past.

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