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A stable home for an equine pathogen: valid publication of the binomial Prescottella equi gen. nov., comb. nov., and reclassification of four rhodococcal species into the genus Prescottella

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Michael Goodfellow



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© 2022 The Authors. Opinion 106 of the Judicial Commission has clarified the nomenclature of the taxon variously named Rhodococcus equi, ‘Prescottella equi’ and Rhodococcus hoagii. As a consequence, we present here the genus name Prescottella and that of its nomenclatural type species, Prescottella equi comb. nov., for valid publication and propose the reclassification of four rhodococcal species as novel combinations in the genus, namely Prescottella agglutinans Guo et al. 2015 comb. nov., Prescottella defluvii Kämpfer et al. 2014 comb. nov., Prescottella soli Li et al. 2015 comb. nov. and Prescottella subtropica Lee et al. 2019 comb. nov. In addition, we note that a clinical isolate, strain 86–07 (=W8901), likely represents an additional species within the genus Prescottella. Nearly a century after the original description of the type strain of the type species as Corynebacterium equi, we provide a stable home for Prescottella equi and its relatives.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Sangal V, Goodfellow M, Jones AL, Sutcliffe IC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

Year: 2022

Volume: 72

Issue: 9

Online publication date: 14/09/2022

Acceptance date: 24/07/2022

Date deposited: 03/10/2022

ISSN (print): 1466-5026

ISSN (electronic): 1466-5034

Publisher: Microbiology Society


DOI: 10.1099/ijsem.0.005551

PubMed id: 36107761


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