Legionella Moravica Sp. Nov. And Legionella Brunensis Sp. Nov. Isolated From Cooling-Tower Water

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Two Legionella-like organisms were isolated from cooling-tower water samples in Czechoslovakia. They were presumptively identified as legionellae by their growth on buffered charcoal-yeast extract agar (BCYE) containing L-cysteine and their absence of growth on BCYE without L-cysteine. Both strains contained predominantly branch-chained cellular fatty acids and were therefore definitively placed in the genus Legionella. They were serologically distinct from other described Legionella species and were shown by DNA studies to constitute two new Legionella species, Legionella moravica (type strain 316-36; ATCC 43877) and Legionella brunensis (type strain 441-1; ATCC 43878).