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Aliivibrio fischeri (Beijerinck) Urbanczyk et al.


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Aliivibrio fischeri strain [NCMB 1281] is a whole-genome sequenced bacterial type strain. Photobacterium medium is recommended for demonstrating luminescence.
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Preceptrol culture
Strain designation
[NCMB 1281]
Type strain
Genome sequenced strain
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Storage conditions
2°C to 8°C
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Detailed product information




Activation and inhibition of luciferase synthesis

Handling information

Handling procedure
  1. Open vial according to enclosed instructions or visit for instructions.
  2. Rehydrate the entire pellet with approximately 0.5 mL of #101 broth. Aseptically transfer the entire contents to a 5-6 mL tube of #101 broth. Additional test tubes can be inoculated by transferring 0.5 mL of the primary broth tube to these secondary tubes.
  3. Use several drops of the primary broth tube to inoculate a #101 plate and/or #101 agar slant.
  4. Incubate at 26°C for 24-72 hours.
Handling notes

Vibrio fischeri (Beijerinck 1889) Lehmann and Neumann 1896 (Approved Lists 1980) and Photobacterium fischeri (Beijerinck 1889) Reichelt and Baumann 1973 (Approved Lists 1980) have the same type strain and therefore are homotypic synonyms (Rules 24a and 24b of the International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria and Viruses).


This strain will grow on Marine Broth 2216 (BD 279110) and Marine Agar 2216 (BD 212185), but Photobacterium Medium is recommended for demonstrating luminescence. To check for luminescence, inoculate a slant, leaving cap loose. Incubate at 26oC for 18 hours. Then, hold in the dark for 10 minutes. If no luminescence is detected, reincubate and check again after 36, 48, and 72 hours. When maximum luminescence is obtained, stopper tightly.

This strain needs to establish good growth in broth culture before additional transfers are made. Additional incubation may be required for growth on solid media.

Additional information on this culture is available on the ATCC® web site at

Quality control specifications

Verification method
Whole-genome Sequencing


Deposited as
Achromobacter fischeri (Beijerinck) Bergey et al.
FH Johnson
Cross references
GenBank X70289 V.fischeri luxG gene and orfV.
GenBank X02253 Vibrio fischeri (ATCC 7744) 5S rRNA.
GenBank X74702 V.fisheri (ATCC 7744T) gene for 16S ribosomal RNA.
GenBank AB039838 Vibrio fischeri fldA gene for flavodoxin 1, complete cds.
GenBank D17743 Vibrio fischeri gene for NAD(P)H-flavin oxidoreductase, complete cds.
GenBank AF023157 Vibrio fischeri cytotoxic necrotizing factor 1 (cnf1) gene, partial cds.
GenBank M25752 V.fischeri luxR transcriptional activator gene, clone PVFB1, complete cds.
GenBank E06567 A genomic DNA encoding an enzyme with flavin nucleotide and nitro-group reducing activities.
GenBank E06568 A genomic DNA encoding an enzyme with flavin nucleotide and nitro-group reducing activities.
GenBank E06569 A genomic DNA encoding an enzyme with flavin nucleotide and nitro-group reducing activities.
GenBank M19039 V.fischeri regulatory protein (luxR), autoinducer (luxI) genes, complete cds, and luxC gene, 5' end.
GenBank AB039839 Vibrio fischeri xerD, fldB genes for site-specific recombinase, flavodoxin 2, partial and complete cds.
GenBank AB039955 Vibrio fischeri gene for cobalamin-dependent methionine synthase, Na+/H+ antiporter and aspartokinase III, partial and complete cds.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Curated Citations

Hendrie MS, et al. The identification, taxonomy and classification of luminous bacteria. J. Gen. Microbiol. 64: 151-169, 1970.

Hendrie MS, et al. Proposal that Vibrio marinus (Russell 1891) Ford 1927 be amalgamated with Vibrio fischeri (Beijerinck 1889) Lehmann and Neumann 1896. Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol. 21: 217-221, 1971.

Eberhard A. Inhibition and activation of bacterial luciferase synthesis. J. Bacteriol. 109: 1101-1105, 1972. PubMed: 5011244

Sitnikov DM, et al. Control of cell division in Escherichia coli: regulation of transcription of ftsQA involves both rpoS and SdiA-mediated autoinduction. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 93: 336-341, 1996. PubMed: 8552633

Skerman VB, et al. Approved lists of bacterial names. Int J Syst Bacteriol 30: 225-420, 1980.

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