Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Biology and Microbiology
Bruce H. Bleakley
The terrestrial bioluminescent bacterial species, Photorhabdus luminescens, includes many entomopathogenic strains that are symbiotically associated with nematodes in the family Heterorhabditidae. In addition, some strains of this species have been isolated from human clinical specimens and identified as human pathogens. The research presented here assayed for similarities and differences between insect-pathogenic and human isolates, and evaluated soil as a possible infective reservoir of human-pathogenic P. luminescens strains by investigating the survival of these bacteria in both previously sterilized and natural soils.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Insects -- Pathogens
South Dakota State University
Chen, Xiang, "Physiological and Biochemical Comparison of Insect-Pathogenic and Human Isolates of Photorhabdus luminescens" (1995). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 119.