Bacillus (genus)

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Bacillus Cohn, 1872 (plant pathogens)

The genus Bacillus contains rod-shaped, Gram-positive, usually aerobic bacteria which often form durable endospores that can survive in the environment for many years.

The biology of Bacillus species ranges from useful entomopathogens and antagonists to plant diseases to disease causing organisms, both human pathogens and plant pathogenic forms. Often, strains with such different life styles can be found within the same species. From the perspective of crop protection, the beneficial strains are more common and more important. Only the plant pathogenic forms are covered here.

This page refers to plant pathogens only, for other groups see:

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