The Achromobacter are 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 1–20 peritrichous flagella. They are strictly aerobic and are found in water (freshwater and marine) and soils.[1] They have also been identified as a contaminant in laboratory cell culture.[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. 

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