Bacillus weihenstephanensis

Bacillus weihenstephanensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Firmicutes
Class: Bacilli
Order: Bacillales
Family: Bacillaceae
Genus: Bacillus
Species: B. weihenstephanensis
Binomial name
Bacillus weihenstephanensis
Lechner et al. 1998

Bacillus weihenstephanensis is a soil-dwelling, Gram-positive, rod-shaped, beta-hemolytic bacterium. It is differentiated by its psychrotolerant growth (that is, growth can occur at temperatures of 7°C or lower).[1]


Strains of B. weihenstephanensis may carry genes coding for endotoxins generally associated with Bacillus cereus.[2]


  1. Lechner, S; Mayr, R; Francis, KP; Prüss, BM; Kaplan, T; Wiessner-Gunkel, E; Stewart, GS; Scherer, S (October 1998). "Bacillus weihenstephanensis sp. nov. is a new psychrotolerant species of the Bacillus cereus group.". International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology. 48 (4): 1373–82. doi:10.1099/00207713-48-4-1373. PMID 9828439.
  2. Stenfors, LP; Mayr, R; Scherer, S; Granum, PE (2002-09-24). "Pathogenic potential of fifty Bacillus weihenstephanensis strains.". FEMS microbiology letters. 215 (1): 47–51. doi:10.1111/j.1574-6968.2002.tb11368.x. PMID 12393199.

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