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Scientific classification

Rhodobacterales are an order of the Alphaproteobacteria.[1]

Gene transfer agents are viruslike elements produced by Rhodobacterales which transfer DNA and may be an important factor in their evolution.[2]


From Greek rhodon, the rose, and bakterion, a rod. This refers to the colour of aerobic phototrophic cultures of this order of bacteria which can be pink or red due to the production of carotenoids.[3]


  1. ^ See the NCBI webpage on Rhodobacterales. Data extracted from the "NCBI taxonomy resources". National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2007-03-19.
  2. ^ Maxmen, A. (2010). "Virus-like particles speed bacterial evolution". Nature. doi:10.1038/news.2010.507.
  3. ^ Imhoff JF (2015). "Rhodobacter. In Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria (eds W. B. Whitman, F. Rainey, P. Kämpfer, M. Trujillo, J. Chun, P. DeVos, B. Hedlund and S. Dedysh)". doi:10.1002/9781118960608.gbm00862. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

Further reading

Scientific journals

  • Lee KB, Liu CT, Anzai Y, Kim H, Aono T, Oyaizu H (2005). "The hierarchical system of the 'Alphaproteobacteria': description of Hyphomonadaceae fam. nov., Xanthobacteraceae fam. nov. and Erythrobacteraceae fam. nov". Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 55 (Pt 5): 1907–1919. doi:10.1099/ijs.0.63663-0. PMID 16166687.
  • Cavalier-Smith, T (2002). "The neomuran origin of archaebacteria, the negibacterial root of the universal tree and bacterial megaclassification". Int. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol. 52 (Pt 1): 7–76. doi:10.1099/00207713-52-1-7. PMID 11837318.
  • Woese CR, Stackebrandt E, Weisburg WG, Paster BJ, Madigan MT, Fowler VJ, Hahn CM, Blanz P, Gupta R, Nealson KH, Fox GE (1984). "The phylogeny of purple bacteria: the alpha subdivision". Syst. Appl. Microbiol. 5: 315–326. doi:10.1016/s0723-2020(84)80034-x. PMID 11541974.

Scientific books

  • Garrity GM, Bell JA, Lilburn TG (2004). "Taxonomic Outline of the Prokaryotes". Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, release 5.0 (2nd ed.). New York: Springer Verlag. doi:10.1007/bergeysoutline200310.

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