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Schle.gel.el'la. L. fem. dim. ending ‐ella; N.L. fem. n. Schlegelella named in honor of H. G. Schlegel, a pioneer in PHA research. Proteobacteria / Betaproteobacteria / Burkholderiales / Comamonadaceae / SchlegelellaShort rods 0.8–2.8 μm long and 0.4–0.6 μm wide. Motile. Gram‐negative. Nonsporulating. Aerobe. Moderately thermophilic or mesophilic, with optimal growth occurring at 45–50°C or 30–37°C, respectively. Chemoorganotroph. Accumulates polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). Catalase and cytochrome c oxidase variable. The major fatty acids are C16:0 and cyclo‐C17:0 or C16:1 ω7c and/or C16:1 ω6c, depending on the species. The type species is Schlegelella thermodepolymerans. Schlegelella aquatica and Schlegelella brevitalea are two other species with validly published names. DNA G + C content (mol%): 69.2–70.0 (HPLC) or 67.5–70.3 (genome analysis, GenBank). Type species: Schlegelella thermodepolymerans Elbanna et al. 2003VP.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBergey’s manual of systematics of archaea and bacteria
EditorsWilliam B. Whitman
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781118960608
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2021


  • Schlegelella
  • Chemoorganotroph
  • Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) accumulation
  • PHA biodegradation
  • Abietane resin acids degradation
  • Antitumor glidobactins production


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