Authored by: Sukhadeo Barbuddhe , Torsten Hain , Trinad Chakraborty

Practical Handbook of Microbiology

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9781466587397
eBook ISBN: 9781466587403
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The genus Listeria belongs to the phylum Firmicutes, the order Bacillales, the class Bacilli, and the family Listeriaceae together with the genus Brochothrix. The Listeria are gram-positive bacteria with low G+C content closely related to Bacillus, Clostridium, Enterococcus, Streptococcus, and Staphylococcus. Listeria spp. can be isolated from diverse environmental sources, including soil, water, effluents, a large variety of foods, and the feces of humans and animals. The natural habitat of these bacteria is thought to be decomposing plant matter, in which they live as saprophytes.

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