Legionella fairfieldensis sp. nov. isolated from cooling tower waters in Australia

J Clin Microbiol. 1991 Mar;29(3):475-8. doi: 10.1128/jcm.29.3.475-478.1991.


Three Legionella-like organisms were isolated from water from the cooling towers of two Australian institutions. The strains grew on buffered charcoal-yeast extract (BCYE) agar but not on BCYE agar in the absence of L-cysteine. Gas-liquid chromatography profiles of the isolates were consistent with those for Legionella spp. They were serologically distinct from other legionellae in a slide agglutination test. DNA hybridization studies showed that the three isolates belong to a new species of Legionella, Legionella fairfieldensis (ATCC 49588).

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • Fatty Acids / analysis
  • Legionella / classification
  • Legionella / isolation & purification*
  • Legionella / physiology
  • Serotyping
  • Species Specificity
  • Water Microbiology*


  • DNA, Bacterial
  • Fatty Acids