Help with bacterium's name

D&J Wingert dwangert at ix.netcom.com
Sat Jan 11 11:36:08 EST 1997

Ronda M Devold wrote:
> Weismm (weismm at aol.com) wrote:
> : I've got duplicate slides labelled as follows: Prototheca wickerhamii and
> : Probetheca wickerhomii. I've looked in numerous textbooks for a spelling
> : to no avail. Can anyone help?

  It looks as if someone might have transcribed the name incorrectly.
the organism in question is Prototheca wickerhamii, it is a unicellular,
round , colourless "green" alga without flagella resembling yeast.
It lives in the soil, digesting organic matter. One Prototheca species
is a pathogen in humans and animals causing systemic or subcutaneous 
infections called protothecosis.
Hope this helps
 J. Wingert 
Microbiology Department

> It's Prototheca.
> Ronda
> diagnostic microbiologist

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