Bacillus

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Bacillus is a group of cylindrical or rod-shaped, gram-positive bacteria. These may be aerobic or anaerobic and often form chains. The largest known bacillus is B. megaterium [1][2].

All Bacillus can form dormant spores (called endospores) when put under environmental stress. These oval spores are resistant to heat, chemicals and sunlight and so are viable, and enable the bacteria to remain in a dormant state, for long periods [3][4].

References

  1. http://eol.org/pages/83228/overview
  2. http://eol.org/pages/83228/overview
  3. https://www.britannica.com/science/bacillus-bacteriafckLRfckLRWritten by: The editors of Encyclopaedia BritannicafckLRDate Accessed 28th October 2017
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7699/ Medical Microbiology 4th EditionfckLRBaron S, editor Galveston (TX): University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; 1996 Chapter 15 Bacillus Peter C. B. Turnbull
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