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a genus of small, gram-negative, rod-shaped or curved, actively motile bacteria that are obligate parasites of certain other gram-negative bacteria, including Pseudomonas, Salmonella, and coliform bacteria.


any microorganism of the genus Bdellovibrio.
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Genus of aerobic, motile, gram-negative bacteria, obligately parasitic on other gram-negative bacteria; occurring in soil and water around the world.
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(dĕl″ō-vĭb′-rē-ō″) [Gr. bdello, leech, + vibrio]
A genus of gram-negative bacteria that parasitize other bacteria by living and reproducing inside them.
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For the whole-genome comparative study, genomes of eight Bdellovibrio spp.
A pangenome analysis was carried out with the bacterial pangenome analysis (BPGA) tool [21] using the two study genomes and genomes of five reported Bdellovibrio spp.
The wholegenome shotgun project has been deposited at DDBJ/ENA/ GenBank databases under the accession NELQ00000000 for Bdellovibrio sp.
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That study used the predatory bacteria Bdellovibrio baceriovorus 109J, B.
The size of Bdellovibrio varies from 0.2-0.5 [micro]m in diameter and 0.5-1.4 [micro]m in length.
Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is a small, curved Gram negative predatory bacteria discovered by chance in 1962 by Stolp and Petzold while they were trying to isolate bacteriophages for plant pathogenic bacteria from soil.
Bacteria within biofilms may be subject to predation by free-living protozoa, Bdellovibrio spp., bacteriophage, and polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs) as a result of localized cell concentration.
Researchers at the University of Nottingham found that Bdellovibrio reduced the numbers of Salmonella by 90 percent and the birds remained healthy, grew well, and were generally in good condition.
Dr Laura Hobley said "Bdellovibrio has the potential to be used as a living antibiotic against some major human and animal pathogens, such as E.