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Unformatted text preview: Important Point: “Taxonomy is the science that studies organisms
in order to arrange them into groups; those
organisms with similar properties are grouped
together and separated from those that are
“Taxonomy can be viewed as three separate but
Identification--the process of characterizing
Classification--the process of arranging
organisms into similar or related groups,
primarily to provide easy identification and
Nomenclature--the system of assigning
names to organisms.” Taxonomy: Identification Principles of Taxonomy Chapter 10:
ID & Classification
of Prokaryotes In practical terms, bacterial identification usually is
done for reasons of health, either in the course of
treating infectious disease or to prevent disease
e.g., to identify fecally contaminated water.
e.g., to identify organisms associated with food
spoilage or contamination.
e.g., to identify pathogens in the clinical
It is important to keep in mind that the appropriate
tests to employ will depend on the organisms likely
present plus time, skills of the tester, and budgetary
In the clinic, patient symptoms help to define what
organisms of interest are like...
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This note was uploaded on 06/03/2011 for the course MCB 205 taught by Professor Abedon during the Spring '11 term at Ohio State.
- Spring '11