Achromobacter is a genus of bacteria, included in the family Alcaligenaceae in the order Burkholderiales. The cells are Gram-negative straight rods and are motile by using one to 20 peritrichous flagella. They are strictly aerobic and are found in water (fresh and marine) and soils.[1] They have also been identified as a contaminant in laboratory cell cultures.[2]


  1. ^ Garrity, George M.; Brenner, Don J.; Krieg, Noel R.; Staley, James T. (eds.) (2005). Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, Volume Two: The Proteobacteria, Part C: The Alpha-, Beta-, Delta-, and Epsilonproteobacteria. New York: Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-24145-6.
  2. ^ Gray, JS; Birmingham, JM; Fenton, JI (2010). "Got black swimming dots in your cell culture? Identification of Achromobacter as a novel cell culture contaminant". Biologicals : journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization 38 (2): 273–277. doi:10.1016/j.biologicals.2009.09.006. PMC 2849847. PMID 19926304. 

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