The Brevundimonas are a genus of proteobacteria.


The name Brevundimonas derives from:   Latin adjective brevis, short; Latin feminine gender noun unda, a wave; Latin feminine gender noun monas (μονάς / μονάδα), nominally meaning "a unit", but in effect meaning a bacterium; New Latin feminine gender noun Brevundimonas, bacteria with short wavelength flagella.[1]

Members of the genus Brevundimonas can be referred to as brevundimonad (viz. Trivialisation of names).

Survival on Mars[edit]

Brevundimonas is one of few bacteria showing high survival rates under simulated Martian conditions.[2] Results from one of these experimental irradiation experiments, combined with previous radiation modeling, indicate that Brevundimonas sp. MV.7 emplaced only 30 cm deep in Martian dust could survive the cosmic radiation for up to 100,000 years before suffering 10⁶ population reduction.


  1. ^ Brevundimonas entry in LPSN [Euzéby, J.P. (1997). "List of Bacterial Names with Standing in Nomenclature: a folder available on the Internet". Int J Syst Bacteriol 47 (2): 590–2. doi:10.1099/00207713-47-2-590. ISSN 0020-7713. PMID 9103655. ]
  2. ^ Dartnell, Lewis R.; Hunter, Stephanie J.; Lovell, Keith V.; Coates, Andrew J.; Ward, John M. (2010). "Low-Temperature Ionizing Radiation Resistance of Deinococcus radiodurans and Antarctic Dry Valley Bacteria". Astrobiology 10 (7): 717–32. Bibcode:2010AsBio..10..717D. doi:10.1089/ast.2009.0439. PMID 20950171. 

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