bugs from the past - bioluminescent ones

Emir Khatipov khatipovNO at NOuchicago.edu
Fri Nov 30 12:06:58 EST 2001

Just a bit of help, I hope:
go to http://www.dsmz.de/bactnom/dsmzfind.htm
and type in lumin* in a search field. There is something that comes up that
might be worth checking (if you did not do so already)

However, I am getting more and more suspicious that Din. refers to
Donoflagellata. And look, seems like there are luminescent dinoflagellates:
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/protista/dinoflagellata.html ! So that might be
what you are looking for.


"Lesley Robertson" <l.a.robertson at tnw.tudelft.nl> wrote in message
news:9u7lbv$d2c$1 at news.tudelft.nl...
> My translation or the Beijerinck and Kluyver letters has reached the
> "footnotes" stage, but is made complicated by MWB's habit of only
> to microorganisms by their species name, many of which are now obsolete.
> a letter from 1929 about light-producing bacteria, he discusses a number
> strains - their sources and the colour of light they give. I've been able
> work out what most of them were/are (V. fischeri, V. splendidus, P.
> phosphoreum), but he refers several times to "luminosum" and once to "Din.
> luminosum". He says that it is one of the commonest isolates but worthless
> as it is only weakly luminous and the luminosity changes too rapidly. I've
> searched most of the on-line collection catalogues, plus the excellent
> site on http://www.bacterio.cict.fr/index.html  (which gives many name
> changes), but I cannot identify what "luminosum" is. The one that comes
> closest is Xenorhabdus lumnescens, but it's not a marine species and the
> general topic of the letter is isolations from fish.
> Any ideas, anyone?
> Lesley Robertson
> http://www.beijerinck.bt.tudelft.nl

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