Classification of Bacteria and Archaea: past, present and future.

@article{Schleifer2009ClassificationOB,
  title={Classification of Bacteria and Archaea: past, present and future.},
  author={Karl Heinz Schleifer},
  journal={Systematic and applied microbiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={32 8},
  pages={533-42}
}
The late 19th century was the beginning of bacterial taxonomy and bacteria were classified on the basis of phenotypic markers. The distinction of prokaryotes and eukaryotes was introduced in the 1960s. Numerical taxonomy improved phenotypic identification but provided little information on the phylogenetic relationships of prokaryotes. Later on, chemotaxonomic and genotypic methods were widely used for a more satisfactory classification. Archaea were first classified as a separate group of… CONTINUE READING

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