Ability of Bacillus cereus group strains to cause food poisoning varies according to phylogenetic affiliation (groups I to VII) rather than species affiliation

J Clin Microbiol. 2010 Sep;48(9):3388-91. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00921-10. Epub 2010 Jul 21.


Cytotoxic activity levels of culture filtrates and toxin distributions varied according to the phylogenetic group (I to VII) within the Bacillus cereus group, suggesting that these groups are of different clinical significance and are more suitable than species affiliations for determining food poisoning risk. A first-line, simple online tool (https://www.tools.symprevius.org/Bcereus/english.php) to assign strains to the different phylogenetic groups is presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacillus cereus / classification
  • Bacillus cereus / genetics*
  • Bacillus cereus / isolation & purification
  • Bacillus cereus / pathogenicity*
  • Bacterial Toxins / biosynthesis*
  • Bacterial Toxins / genetics
  • Caco-2 Cells
  • Epithelial Cells / microbiology
  • Foodborne Diseases / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Phylogeny*


  • Bacterial Toxins