Myxobacteria are known to occur in the aquatic environment,
however, little information is available regarding the taxonomy of
these organisms. This investigation was initiated in an attempt to
classify a group of fresh water cytophagas on the basis of biochemical
and physiological as well as cultural and morphological characteristics.
Certain species of the orders Myxobacterales and Pseudo-monadales are well-known antagonists. Pseudomonas fluorescens
and Pseudomonas putida have been reported to produce bacteriostatic
and bactericidal substances. Among the myxobacteria there
are various species which are known for their ability to produce
lytic enzymes and antibiotics. Organisms from both of these groups...
Myxobacteria represent an interesting class of Gram-negative soil bacteria. These bacteria utilize organic materials from the environment as a food source by the action of their extracellular hydrolytic enzymes. They grow vegetatively in the presence of adequate nutrients. During starvation conditions, however, they aggregate and form multicellular structures called fruiting...