Burkholderia thailandensis

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Burkholderia thailandensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Beta Proteobacteria
Order: Burkholderiales
Family: Burkholderiaceae
Genus: Burkholderia
Species: B. thailandensis
Binomial name
Burkholderia thailandensis
Brett et al. 1998[1]

Burkholderia thailandensis is a non-fermenting motile Gram-negative bacillus that occurs naturally in soil. It is closely related to Burkholderia pseudomallei, but unlike B. pseudomallei, it does not cause disease in humans or animals.[2][3] It is usually distinguished from B. pseudomallei by its ability to assimilate arabinose. The phenotypic differences have been summarised by Woods (1999).[4]



  1. Brett P J, DeShazer D, Woods DE (1998). "Burkholderia thailandensis sp. nov., a Burkholderia pseudomallei-like species". Int J Syst Bacteriol. 48: 317&ndash, 320. PMID 9542103.
  2. Wuthiekanun V, Smith MD, Dance DA, Walsh AL, Pitt TL, White NJ (1996). "Biochemical characteristics of clinical and environmental isolates of Burkholderia pseudomallei". J Med Microbiol. 45 (6): 408&ndash, 12. PMID 8958243.
  3. Smith MD, Angus BJ, Wuthiekanun V, White NJ (1997). "Arabinose assimilation defines a nonvirulent biotype of Burkholderia pseudomallei". Infect Immun. 65 (10): 4319&ndash, 21. PMID 9317042.
  4. Woods DE (1999). "Species versus biotype status". J Clin Microbiol. 37 (11): 3786&ndash, 7. PMID 10610379.
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