Even Legionella is going green

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
4th November 2016

As well as confirming the new species had been identified through whole genome sequencing, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also indicated that unlike many stains of Legionella that can fluoresce blue, red or yellow when ultraviolent light is shone on them, Legionella clemsonensis fluoresces green.

Legionella clemsonensis joins a list of other Legionella species named after places where they were isolated which includes organisms such as:

  • Legionella cincinnatiensis;
  • Legionella jamestowniensis;
  • Legionella sainthelensi;and
  • Legionella parisiensis.

Other taxonomical names have also come from individuals and include:

  • Legionella micdadei  (Joseph McDade – the man who discovered the species);
  • Legionella feeleii; (One of the people who developed the media/techniques for culturing Legionella);
  • Legionella gormanii (Another of the people who developed the media/techniques for culturing Legionella); and
  • Legionella bozemanii (bozemanae) (She worked with some of the earliest Legionella isolates).