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June 12, 1954

Guide to the Classification and Identification of the Actinomycetes and Their Antibiotics.

JAMA. 1954;155(7):706. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690250086032

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In the course of screening actinomycetes for their ability to produce antibiotics, investigators have isolated numerous cultures of these organisms that could not be identified with those described in "Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology," sixth edition. As a result, new names for these cultures have appeared in the literature, often without regard to the established types. To make this information available to workers in the field the authors have prepared a guide for the identification of those actinomycetes that produce antibiotics, as well as of the antibiotics themselves. The first portion of the book is devoted to a classification and description of Streptomyces, Nocardia, Micromonospora, Thermoactinomyces, and Actinomyces. The authors emphasize the necessity for using well-defined media and standard conditions of cultivation when attempting to identify an organism. The concluding portion of the book contains a description and key to the identification of antibiotics produced by actinomycetes; these antibiotics are

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