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How they got their name

Aggregatibacter was mainly based on reference to the aggregates formed by Agg. actinomycetemcomitans. However it also had a strong priority that the genus should start with capital A so that Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans still could be abbreviated in the same way as it used to. 

Basfia was named after the German company BASF referring to the use of the organism in biotechnological production. 

Gallibacterium was decided in Langeliniepavillionen in 2001 during the dinner ending a Pasteurellaceae meeting. Prof. Mutters got the suggestion from a German colleague and it was later validated as the name of the genus. It's classification was first presented in South Africa in 1999. 

Haemophilus 'loves' blood. Haemophilus influenzae is one of the most prominent organisms of bacteriology for its real clinical importance mainly to cause disease and high mortality of children and also for scientific reasons. If was first thought responsible for human influenza (Pfeiffer's bacillus), later Sir. A. Fleming used penicillin in a selective medium with the purpose to isolate H. influenzae and to suppress the growth of other organism and it was the first organisms to have it's genome sequenced.

Lonepinella was named after the animal park Lone pine hosting the koala it was isolated from. 

Six genera including Pasteurella are named after prominent scientists with major contributions to the investigation of Pasteurellaceae

Eight genera including Gallibacterium just mentioned are named after their major vertebrate hosts. 


Winter picture from the coast east of Cape Town

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