Bdellovibrio


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Bdellovibrio

[‚del·ə′vī·brē‚ō]
(microbiology)
A genus of bacteria of uncertain affiliation; parasites of other bacteria; curved, motile rods with a polar flagellum in parasitic state; in nonparasitic state, cells are helical.
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The first established that isolates of two antibiotic-resistant ocular pathogens, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Serratia marcescens, were all susceptible to being attacked and killed by at least one of two other bacteria , Micavibrio aeruginosavorus and Bdellovibrio baceriovorus, which act as predators against the pathogens but are believed to be "good," or non-infectious, bacteria when they exist within the human body.
In addition, an uncommon group of bacterial genera including Rhodopseudomonas, Bdellovibrio, Opitutus, Spartobacteria, Leptothrix, and Nitrospira were identified.
John Tudor, of the Biology Department, on a scholarly project, "Isolation of Genes Necessary for Predation in Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus.
Bacteria within biofilms may be subject to predation by free-living protozoa, Bdellovibrio spp.