Clavibacter (genus)

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Clavibacter michiganensis cells (SEM) (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Solke H. De Boer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Source: PaDIL

Clavibacter Davis et al., 1984

The genus contains several plant pathogenic bacteria which are widely distributed and infect a large variety of crops. Important diseases caused include, for example, bacterial canker of tomatoes and potato ring rot.

The members of the genus are gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria which are aerobic, nonmotile and do not form endospores. The cell wall peptidoglycan contains 2,4-diaminobutyric acid and the DNA structure is characteristic.

Type species: Clavibacter michiganensis

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