DNA from 17 strains of Bacillus sphaericus, including representatives of all the established DNA homology groups, was cleaved with EcoRI or HindIII and fragments were separated by agarose gel electrophoresis. Southern blots of this DNA were hybridized to a radioactively labelled DNA probe prepared from the cloned 16S rrnB ribosomal RNA operon of Escherichia coli. Banding patterns of the chromosomal DNA digests and the autoradiograms were specific to DNA homology groups I (B. sphaericus sensu stricto), IIA (mosquito-pathogenic strains), IIB (B. fusiformis) and V, but groups III and IV were not clearly distinguished. This suggests that the mosquito-pathogenic strains represent a separate subspecies.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of General Microbiology|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|