Taxonomy of antarctic bacteria from soils and air primarily of the mcmurdo station and victoria land dry valleys region
Johnson, R.M.; Madden, J.M.; Swafford, J.R.
Antarctic Research Series 30(2-3): 35-64
A collection of some 500 bacteria isolated from the Antarctic are taxonomically characterized and a key developed on the basis of their characteristics. Coryneform bacteria constitute the major group isolated. Gram-negative rods are relatively sparse. New species [Corynebacterium peregrinum, Sarcina frigia, Bacillus peregrinosus ] are described and major physiological parameters are given for the isolated strains. An ecological distribution of genera by antarctic locations and evidence that endospore-forming bacteria are primarily isolated from air samples are given.