Acidovorax (genus)

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Acidovorax citrulli lesions on leaves of Cucumis melo (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): David B. Langston, University of Georgia
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Acidovorax Willems, Falsen, Pot, Jantzen, Hoste, Vandamme, Gillis, Kersters & De Ley, 1990

This genus of bacteria belongs to the Proteobacteria and contains around 20 aerobic and mobile species. Several are important plant pathogens like Acidovorax citrulli which causes bacterial fruit blotch of cucurbits.

The genus is related to the genus Pseudomonas. The bacteria are straight to slightly curved rods with a size of around 0.2-0.7 x 1-5 µm. They have a single polar flagellum, are Gram-negative, oxidase positive and are defined by their 16S rRNA gene sequence.

Type species: Acidovorax facilis


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: